Representatives with the Illinois High School Association (IHSA), Illinois Elementary School Association (IESA), the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), and Governor J.B. Pritzker's Office met Wednesday, although the meeting did not result in any major updates for sports in the state
IHSA Executive Director Craig Anderson says he appreciates the dialogue with state officials. He says collaboration will be necessary to get sports back up and running again.
During the meeting, the IHSA and IESA reintroduced recommended mitigations from the IHSA Sport Medicine Advisory Committee (SMAC) and asked the IDPH leadership to review it's risk levels for each sport.
Anderson maintains that sports can be safely conducted. He says that students are leaving Illinois to play or participating out-of-state on the weekends.
Currently, all IHSA sports, including low risk sports, are paused due to state COVID-19 numbers. Anderson says with no clear direction from the IDPH on what benchmarks need to be met to resume high risk sports, like football and basketball, and a shrinking calendar the ability to play all sports is becoming increasingly improbable.
Anderson is asking everyone to adhere to COVID-19 safety guidelines as a lower positivity rate remains the key to athletics returning.