Last week, the Illinois High School Association, or IHSA, made waves in the sports community standing up to Gov. JB Pritzker by announcing their intentions to move forward with a winter basketball season after the Governor declared basketball a high-risk sport and then announced basketball would take place in the spring.
The IHSA stood by their decision much to the surprise of many athletic directors and others, including Chicago sportswriter Jon Kerr who has been following and analyzing the back-and-forth between the IHSA and Governor Pritzker. Kerr points out while it's noble of Gov. Pritzker to want to keep Illinois' positivity rate of COVID infections down, there's also little evidence to suggest kids playing basketball is as dangerous as he and IDPH continue to suggest.
According to Kerr, the Wisconsin high school sports association and a state university conducted a study that concluded sports is no more dangerous in contracting the coronavirus than doing anything else throughout the day for their age group. He indicates the IHSA took note of that study and also listened to their member schools.
Going back to July, the IHSA surrendered their decision making authority to the Governor and IDPH and Kerr believes the IHSA was surprised by the decision that sports would not be allowed.
Tomorrow on Regional Radio News Sports, we'll hear more from Kerr on what is next in the battle between the IHSA and hear from him on why the IHSA is more prepared this time around to stand up to Gov. Pritzker and the IDPH to allow a winter basketball season.
Also as a part of the IHSA's decision, the wrestling season was moved to the summer with track and field and baseball.