Illinois High School Association Announces 2021 Sports Program; Some may start practicing immediately – CBS Chicago

CHICAGO (CBS) – High school sports are making a comeback in Illinois, and some are starting as soon as possible. All 24 sports will be played this year, and spring sports will have a full season.

However, most of the Chicago area cannot compete with other teams. Regions must first reach phase 4 of mitigation.

READ MORE: First case of Omicron variant confirmed in Wisconsin

The Illinois High School Association board of directors announced on Wednesday that seven sports – boys’ basketball, swimming and diving, dance, cheerleading, bowling, gymnastics and badminton – will resume training as soon as possible. Most won’t have a playoff series, though dancing and cheerleading will virtually lead their state streak.

Men’s soccer will start training on March 1 and football will start on March 3. Neither will have a playoff.

Besides football, all sports will need to practice seven days before holding a competition, the IHSA said in a statement. Football will have to train 12 different days before a match. The football competition will only last five weeks and end on April 24.

Women’s volleyball, men’s gymnastics and water polo also begin in mid-March.

It remains to be seen whether most spring sports will have an postseason.

The fight passes to the summer season from April.

IHSA Spring Sports lost their entire season last year due to COVID-19 mitigation measures.

“The board wants to do everything in its power to prevent spring sports from going two consecutive years without IHSA playoff play,” said IHSA Executive Director Craig Anderson. “There is obviously no guarantee, because the risk levels by sport and the mitigation statuses of the local regions will be taken into account in a significant way. The playoffs might mean being limited to a regional or sectional level of competition, but we haven’t ruled out playing a full state tournament in these traditional spring sports if possible.

Masks will always be compulsory. Exceptions include swimming and diving, apparatus gymnastics, and outdoor sports where social distancing may occur. All game personnel not participating in sports will be required to wear masks.

READ MORE: Oak Park and River Forest High School banned from activities due to COVID outbreak sparks outrage

The athletes say it was more than they expected.

“I really didn’t think this was going to happen. I might have had more hope in November, but I think it was just great, relieving the news today. That we now know it’s going to happen, because I wasn’t positive at all. I’m not going to lie, ”said Hannah Schneiderman, senior basketball player at New Trier High School.

“We need it for our scholarship opportunities. Many of us are not recruited. We don’t have a lot of movies and this is our opportunity to introduce ourselves so that we can get our scholarships and be able to get out of our communities, ”said Jonathan Rodriguez, senior soccer player at Thornton Township High School.

While playing is a great relief for many athletes, some are disappointed that they cannot come forward.

“As a senior, I don’t have one next year. You know, freshmen and sophomores and juniors, they get next year. I’m not getting any next year. I’m kind of leaving my gymnast career on a cliffhanger, ”said Barrington High School senior Brooke Husby. “You know it’s devastating not having a State Series, but at least I’m competing and I’m going to show what I trained last summer, last fall and winter.”

It all just means schools can get going. Some won’t, either because the facilities are being used for COVID vaccination sites, or because teachers may have an impending strike like in Chicago.

See the full program here:

NO MORE NEWS: Parents of Michigan school gunman arrested and charged after manhunt

Also from CBS Chicago:

Comments are closed.