IHSA Considering Extension For Spring Sports


Things are still at a standstill in the world of high school sports, and in the world in general, but IHSA Executive Director Craig Anderson hinted on March 25 that the governing body may be willing to extend the 2020 spring sports season.

"We are considering an extension of the spring sports season limitation to provide more participation opportunities for students," Anderson said in a letter to IHSA member school administrators and spring sport coaches. "This may include movement of the post-season timelines and state series."

The letter also said that the IHSA continues to support the possibility of its member schools completing both the regular season and postseason for spring sports, if schools resume early enough.

"The date schools are allowed to return to session will determine the length of the spring sports season and the potential of an IHSA state series."

Anderson said that the IHSA is working to determine what kind of practice time is needed before games/meets can be conducted.

"We will be working with our Sports Medicine Advisory Committee (SMAC) to determine the need for an acclimatization period in advance of competition once school resumes. No timeline has been set at this time," Anderson said.

The earliest of the postseason dates is girls soccer, with regionals originally scheduled to begin May 8. After that comes girls track (May 13-15), baseball and softball (May 18), boys track (May 20-22) and boys tennis (May 23).

Going into this week, 67 varsity contests involving the 13* Montgomery County high school spring sports teams have been cancelled or postponed. Governor J.B. Pritzker issued a "stay-at-home" order for the entire state through at least April 7, which would add 57 more contests to that list.

*Boys and girls track counted as one team for this story, although separate team results are kept.


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