The Illinois Elementary School Association (IESA) Board of Directors held a special meeting on Thursday, July 23. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss fall sports and whether those activities could be held in accordance with the current limitations placed on schools and activities by the Illinois Department of Public Health.
After much discussion, the board unanimously approved to cancel the regular season and IESA state series in the sports of boys and girls golf, boys baseball, girls softball, and boys and girls cross-country for the 2020-21 school year. There are no plans to try and re-schedule the activities or conduct them later in the school year in part due to if and when high schools in Illinois play their contests.
The board delayed any decision on girls basketball. The first day of girls basketball practice is scheduled for August 31. They will meet again in late August to make a decision regarding girls basketball. No decisions regarding any other activities were made.
“The decisions made by the IESA Board of Directors were by far the most difficult decisions I have ever witnessed the board make in my tenure with IESA,” said IESA Executive Director Steve Endsley. “Our sincere hope is that there are changes to the limitations placed on schools which will allow the remainder of the activities in the upcoming school year to be held as scheduled.”
The IESA is the governing body for athletics and interscholastic activities for 732 middle schools and junior highs, including Hillsboro, Litchfield, Lincolnwood and Nokomis.