The fall in sports in schools will be forced to face additional restrictions under new Illinois Department of Health recommendations, the state governor announced Wednesday.
JB Pritzker said that the state on August 15. It will begin to “limit sports activities organized by young people and adults”, including sports in schools. Restrictions do not cover professional or collegiate sports.
Pritzker said each sport would be divided into three “risk levels” – high, medium and low – due to “the amount of contact between athletes and their proximity to play.” However, certain sports may begin to move forward in their seasons in the fall under new constraints.
- You can see the full breakdown by sport here
“It̵7;s not news you want to hear, but the virus remains dangerous,” Pritzker told a news conference on Wednesday.
According to the instructions, each risk group will be limited to certain levels of the game:
Level 1: Non-contact practice and training only
Level 2: Indemnity for prohibited damage within the team, with parental consent for minors; there is no competitive game
Level 3: Conferences within or in the EMS region1 or league games / meetings only; state or league championship
a game / meeting is only allowed for low risk sports
Level 4: Tournaments, non-conference / league play, multi-team meetings, non-state competitions; championship games allowed
Under current coronavirus conditions in the state, look at the levels allowed for each risk group:
• Lower risk athletes can currently play at levels 1, 2 and 3
• Medium risk sports can currently be played at levels 1 and 2
• Higher risk sports can currently be played at level 1
The announcement came as the Illinois High School Association, led by state health officials, announced a plan for a sports school in the fall.
The IHSA had several options considered, including, but not limited to, canceling the fall season all together, postponing winter or spring (seasonal compaction together), or allowing non-contact fall sports.
Close relatives of Governor JB Pritzker have already hinted that fall sports were unlikely.
“IHSA said they are basically going to leave the business in the fall,” Pritzker told a recent news conference.
It remains unclear what the IHSA will decide after the private board meeting on Wednesday.
This decision has a major impact on senior school athletes. In particular, the decision of the Chicago athletes is very important, given that the sport was discontinued last fall due to a strike by the Chicago Teachers Union.