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IHSA Shifts Select Fall Sports to Spring, Spring Sports to be Played During the Summer

A year like no other for high school athletes will continue into 2021.


The IHSA announced Wednesday afternoon select sports will be played in the spring of 2021, creating a summer sports season comprised of spring sports.


The IHSA is shifting football, boys soccer, and girls volleyball to the spring, a season to begin February 15 and among sports being shifted to the spring will be cross country and girls swimming.


The football season will be a seven-game season with a regional postseason at a minimum. Football games will begin March 5 and the spring sports season will open March 1. 


There can only be two competitions per week per sport, except for obviously, football which will play one game per week.


Fall sports unimpacted by the shift in season include boys and girls golf, girls tennis, boys and girls cross country and girls swimming (both of which will also have a spring sports season).


Groups of 50 or less will have to be distanced by at least 30 feet and crowds will have to follow IDPH guidelines and competitions must fall in a COVID region or a conference matchup.


Winter sports are left largely intact with the season to begin on November 16 and end February 13, with a state series to be determined at a later date. Competitions can begin November 30 within a COVID region or conference matchup. Schools will again be limited to only two competitions per week and no tournaments will be allowed.


Winter sports will include boys basketball, wrestling, boys swimming and diving, dance, boys and girls bowling and girls gymnastics.


The temporary summer season will begin May 3 and last until June 26 and will include baseball, softball, track and field, girls soccer, boys volleyball, lacrosse, and boys tennis.


Competitions will begin May 17 with a maximum of two competitions per week, baseball and softball can play three if one is a double-header. A state series will be determined at a later date.


Spectators for all events will have to follow current IDPH guidance. 

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