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IHSA Takes No Action at Latest Meeting

The monthly meeting of the IHSA Board of Directors occurred this morning with no progress toward returning high school sports to competition or even practice.

     The major news from the association was the lessening of academic requirements to complete during the upcoming spring semester due to the strain of virtual learning. The new standard is that a student-athlete must pass at least 15 hours or three classes in the first semester. But the state also said that kids must pass 25 hours per week to be eligible during their seasons.

     It was also announced that sports will be able to resume contact days once the state leaves Tier 3 mitigation measures.

     They also released spectator guidelines for all winter sports.

     Member schools ARE allowed to have spectators if they so choose but they must wear masks and social distance.

     There is a cap of two separate groups of 50 at basketball games and they must be on opposite sides of the gym.

     In bowling, there is a maximum of two spectators per athlete.

     Additionally, officials guidelines were passed along as well. They may use either regular or electronic whistles. Officials will only have to wear a mask as they enter or exit their events, not while calling a game.

     Additionally, there will not be a jump ball this season to begin games or overtime periods. The visiting team will get the ball to start the game and the alternating possession will begin after that.

     In overtime, there will be a coin toss with the visiting team making the call to determine possession. Each succeeding overtime will follow the same procedure.

     In other news, girls badminton will be moved to a winter sport and facilities that were scheduled to host IHSA finals events were given a one-year extension of their contracts.

     The IHSA plans to meet again prior to January to discuss resuming athletics.

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