IHSA cancels spring state tournaments

Illinois High School Association
The board also determined that summer contact days are suspended for this year, unless state government and medical leaders indicate such gatherings are safe. (WJBC file photo)

 

By Neil Doyle

BLOOMINGTON – The Illinois High School Association Board of Directors has canceled all spring state tournaments due to COVID-19.

The board made the decision Tuesday during a video conference call.  The decision to cancel the spring state tournaments comes in conjunction with Friday’s announcement by Gov. Pritzker and the Illinois State Board of Education that all Illinois high schools will complete the school year from home via e-learning.

“We support the decision by Governor Pritzker and the Illinois State Board of Education, and given the logistics, we simply felt we could not conduct state tournaments that meet the expectations of our member schools this spring, ” said IHSA Executive Director Craig Anderson. “As disappointing as it may be for students, it is the right decision for their health and safety, as well as for the health and safety of the general public, as we cope with this unprecedented pandemic.”

The board also determined that summer contact days are suspended for this year, unless state government and medical leaders indicate such gatherings are safe.

Neil Doyle can be reached at neil.doyle@cumulus.com

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