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IHSA’s Board of Directors plans to meet with state officials before January on resumption of winter sports

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(HOI) -- The Illinois High School Association's Board of Directors plans to meet with state officials before the month is over to discuss a timeline for the resumption of winter sports.

The meeting, according to a press release by the IHSA following the boards regular December meeting, will be with representatives with Gov. JB Pritzker's office and the Illinois Department of Public Health.

It will be the first time the board of directors will speak with representatives from both bodies, said Matt Troha, IHSA assistant executive director. However, Executive Director Craig Anderson has spoken with the deputy governor "numerous" times and IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike has had discussions with the SMAC committee.

Following that meeting, the board will hold a special meeting to finalize a schedule for winter, spring and summer sports.

“The board reiterated on Monday that they plan to do everything in their power to provide a season for every IHSA sport in 2020-21,” said Anderson. “There have been no cancellations of any sports, or discussions about cancelling any sports, thus far. The board appreciates the patience and flexibility of the IHSA membership and remain optimistic, especially as vaccines begin to be administered, that we will return to conducting IHSA sports early in 2021.”

The board on Monday also decided to allow contact days for out-of-season sports when Tier 3 mitigations are lifted by the IDPH and governor's office.

The contact days will be limited to six hours per student, per sport, each week, and can include practices, drills and scrimmages. However, competition between other schools is still prohibited.

When the return of high school sports to Illinois does happen, there will be specific guidelines for allowing spectators at events. The board took action on the matter Monday.

The guidelines include the wearing of masks and practice of social distancing, spectators must be placed away from the playing surface and in the instance of multiple events taking place, cleaning and sterilizing must take place between groups.

The full list of spectator guidelines can be seen here:

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Drew Veskauf

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