How did the IHSA decide on a plan for sports?

IHSA Executive Director Craig Anderson. (Photo courtesy: WJBC/File)

By Blake Haas

BLOOMINGTON – While the high school fall schedule will look different due to the Coronavirus pandemic, IHSA’s top official says the plan remains fluid.

Speaking with WJBC’s Marc Strauss, IHSA Executive Director Craig Anderson said the IHSA identified five different plans, but limited them down to one after conversations with government officials.

“We did have a little bit of insight, had a conversation with Deputy Governor Ruiz in advance of Governor Pritzkers announcement yesterday. Understanding that the limits heading into the fall were going to be that the low-risk sports had a better opportunity for having competition though its still regional base and within conferences. Obviously, statewide travel is not encouraged to overlap students, so a lot of that made into how we developed the plan.”

Football, girls volleyball, and boys soccer have been moved to the spring of 2021 with practices beginning Feb. 15.

“Our schools today are diving in and taking very close looks at where we moved seasons so that now scheduling can begin,” added Anderson. “So that they can work closely within their conferences to modify seasons on a different time schedule. While we recognize its created for our schools and athletic directors and those involved with scheduling and hiring officials, (it) created some chaos for them… Our purpose was to try to allow for all students opportunities within the school year to play their sport.”

LISTEN: IHSA Executive Director Craig Anderson speaks with WJBC’s Marc Strauss. 

Anderson added that football would be a seven-game season with the postseason on a regional base with the current plan.

Blake Haas can be reached at Blake.Haas@Cumulus.com.

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