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Area athletic directors react to new IHSA regulations

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PEORIA (HOI) -- High schools are adjusting after Gov. JB Pritzker announced restrictions on sports.

Sports have been broken into three "risk levels" determined by the amount of contact during play.

Metamora High School Athletic Director, Jared Hart, said any plans they did have will have to be set aside as they build new schedules.

"The last 24 hours has kind of been one for the ages," said Hart.

Hart explained that all of the pressure has fallen onto athletic directors to make sure athletes and coaches follow guidelines.

Pekin High School Athletic Director, Barry Gurvey, still has questions after the Pritzker's press conference.

"Can only one group of 50 run the race and that's it or can you have a group of 50 run a race and then 15 minutes later send off another group of 50? So that'll be a big determining factor in how we schedule and how we are going to have to modify our schedule for the upcoming season," said Gurvey.

Gurvey said they are working to make sure they can stream home events online, preventing fan's exposure to COVID-19.

Dunlap High School Athletic Director, Katie Cazalet, said they are happy to even be having fall sports.

"The student athletes have four years of elgibility in high school and you know they want those experiences and they want those memories," said Cazalet.

All of the area athletic directors area are keeping discussions open with each other to determine the best ways to move forward for their coaches and athletes. They are also awaiting future guidance from the state and IHSA.

"There's still a lot of details still to be worked out. So a lot of questions with how far can we travel? Who can we have? How big can the outdoor groups be? How big can the tournaments be? So we're really getting into the nuts and bolts of that and I think we're gonna have to wait a little bit to get some of that guidance from the IDPH and then to the IHSA that they can bring it down to our level," explained Hart.

Hart says his conference, the Mid-Illini, has a meeting on Wednesday to try and figure out scheduling for the upcoming season.

Paige Blanzy

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