IHSA Revises Phase 4 Guidelines to Return to Play

BLOOMINGTON – On July 3, the Illinois High School Association released guidelines for its Phase 4 Return to Play. Six days later, it made some revisions to the guidelines, causing some confusion and frustration among coaches and athletes.

Shaw Media broke the story on Thursday. Reporter Kyle Nabors says that among some the major revisions include no contract drills and no physical contact between student athletes, including scrimmages. Another revision states that masks must be worn by everyone (players, coaches, fans, officials, etc.). Student athletes do not have to wear masks, if they are socially distanced.

“The IHSA also clarified that there must be a strict 50-person limit to any indoor activities,” Nabors reported.

On Friday morning, Waubonsie Valley boys soccer postponed the start date of its summer camp. “We will NOT have training the next few weeks,” WV boys soccer said in a tweet. “I am hoping that by August 1st IHSA will approve the next phase and we can offer camp then. I’m sorry for the inconvenience this might have caused.”

“Due to an increase in positive cases of COVID-19 among high school teams around the state, the Illinois High School Association and Illinois Department of Public Health are jointly collaborating to modify the IHSA’s Phase 4 Return to Play Guidelines,” said the IHSA in a tweeted statement on Thursday.

James Taylor, of WRMJ Radio in Aledo, Illinois, confirmed on Thursday that the “IHSA board will meet this month. Among topics under consideration–delaying start of season, shortening seasons, flipping seasons or worst case scenario canceling fall season.”