As of now, the Illinois High School Association is planning to forge ahead and allow high school basketball to be played despite public health guidance from Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health.
The question now becomes, what is next? Does Gov. Pritzker and IDPH have more courses of action to keep basketball from being played? If they do, Chicago sportswriter Jon Kerr believes the IHSA is better prepared this time around than they were in the spring.
According to Kerr, the night of the IHSA's decision to proceed forward with basketball, the Illinois State Board of Education released a statement advising schools to follow the guidance of public health officials.
If you want to know how individual districts will handle a decision to play basketball, Kerr believes if your school district has proceeded forward with in-person learning, it is likely they could also make the decision to allow basketball to be played.
Novembe 16 is the target start date for basketball practices in Illinois.