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Will there be IHSA basketball this winter during the ongoing pandemic?  The Governor says no; the IHSA says....definitely maybe...

 

 

That's Illinois High School Association Executive Director Craig Anderson meeting virtually with the media Wednesday afternoon after the organization's Board of Directors surprisingly approved moving forward with the planned basketball season...directly in opposition with Governor JB Pritzker's announcement Tuesday that basketball is a "high risk" sport.

 

According to Anderson, the IHSA Board believes they can safely proceed following the guidance previously established in their "Return To Play" plans...

 

 

If IHSA basketball does proceed, it will be with mitigation strategies in place.  Anderson explains those include players wearing masks, and limited admittance into the gym...

 

 

Despite the IHSA vote, questions still remain in regards to potential liability and even whether a school's state funding could be put in jeopardy by going against public health guidelines.  Anderson admits there are unknowns, and indicates the decision to participate will likely fall to local school boards...

 

 

The high school basketball season is scheduled to begin with practices on November 16th.  The first games can be played November 30th.  However, much more is expected to come from this story in the coming days, especially as the number of Covid cases continues to increase across the state.

 

The IHSA Board also voted Wednesday to move wrestling to the summer season in April of 2021 due to it's high risk classification.  

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