Fall sports in schools will be forced to face further restrictions under the new leadership of the Illinois Department of Health, the state governor said Wednesday.
The government of JB Pritzker said that from August 15, the state will “restrict recreational and organized sports for youth and adults,” including school-based sports, from August 15.
Pritzker said that each sport will be divided into three “risk levels” – high, medium and low – determined by “the size of contact between athletes and their proximity during the game.” Nevertheless, some sports may move forward with their seasons due to new restrictions.
Although he did not list all the sports, Pritzker noted that tennis, golf and baseball would be a lower risk, while basketball, football and volleyball were among the medium risks. Higher risk sports include things like football, hockey and lacrosse.
“This is not a message that someone wants to hear, but the virus remains dangerous,”; Pritzker told a news conference on Wednesday.
Under management, each risk group will be limited to certain levels of the game:
Level 1: Only practices without contacts and training
Level 2: Permitted kits within the team with the consent of the parent of the minors; no competitive game
Level 3: Only within the conference or within the EMS-region1 or only within the league; state or league championships
game / meeting allowed only for low risk sports
Level 4: Tournaments, non-conference / league matches, multi-team meetings, non-governmental games allowed; Championship games allowed
In the current state of coronavirus in the country, we will look at the levels allowed for each risk group:
• Lower risk sports can currently be played at levels 1, 2 and 3
• Medium risk sports can currently play at levels 1 and 2
• Higher risk sports can currently play at level 1
The announcement comes when the Illinois High School Association, led by state health officials, was set to announce a fall sports schedule in schools.
The IHSA had several options to consider, including: canceling the fall season together, postponing the winter or spring (condensing the seasons together), or allowing non-contact fall sports.
Those who were close to the government. JB Pritzker has already indicated that fall sports were unlikely.
“IHSA said they will essentially get out of business in the fall,” Pritzker told a recent news conference.
It is not clear what the IHSA will decide after its private meeting on Wednesday.
This decision has major implications for older athletes in high schools. For Chicago athletes in particular, this decision is serious, given that sports were shortened last year due to the Chicago Teachers Union strike.