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IHSA Plan 2020-21
IHSA Plan 2020-21
Jeff Wooters
Tuesday, August 04, 2020

On July 29th, 2020, the IHSA Board modified the Return to Activities to reflect the
following:
Certain fall sports will not be allowed to happen in the fall; as a result the IHSA calendar
will be adjusted with the following tentative timelines.
• Teams will play shortened regular season schedules in Winter, Spring, and
Summer
• State Series events for all sports will be determined on a sport by sport basis.
• Activities that can happen virtually can remain in their traditional seasons.
• Activities that can’t happen virtually could potentially need to adjust their
seasons.
• On July 29th, 2020, the IHSA Board modified the current Phase 4 Return to
Play Guidelines to allow for fall contact days to begin on Monday of Week
10 (September 7, 2020) and continue until the end of Week 17 (October 31,
2020). There is a 20-day limit on contact days during that time period for
any sport not in season.

Fall (August 10 – October 24, 2020 in “traditional” season)
Boys & Girls Golf - in groups of 50 or less where multiple groups are distanced a
minimum of 30 ft apart. Competitions should be within an Illinois COVID Region or
within a conference.
Girls Tennis - in groups of 50 or less where multiple groups are distanced a minimum of
30 ft apart. Competitions should be within an Illinois COVID Region or within a
conference.
Boys & Girls Cross Country – in groups of 50 or less where multiple groups are
distanced a minimum of 30 ft apart. Competitions should be within an Illinois COVID
Region or within a conference.
Girls Swimming & Diving - less than 50 in attendance with multiple groups distancing 30
ft. apart. Competitions should be within an Illinois COVID Region or within a
conference.
• Spectator and group gatherings subject to IDPH guidelines during this time (less
than 50 participants, social distancing, etc...).
NOTE: Football, Girls Volleyball and Boys Soccer moved to a Spring 2021 season –
See Below.

If a school does not have a girls’ volleyball and/or a boys’ football team, schools
may conduct Softball and Baseball seasons respectively in accordance with
current IHSA By-laws 5.010 and 5.260.

Spectator and group gatherings subject to IDPH guidelines for outside activities.

Winter (Nov. 16, 2020 – Feb. 13, 2021)
Boys & Girls Basketball
Wrestling
Boys Swimming & Diving
Competitive Cheerleading
Competitive Dance
Boys & Girls Bowling
Girls Gymnastics
• Contests can begin Nov. 30 within an Illinois COVID Region or within a
conference.
• Schools limited to a maximum of 2 contests per week and no tournaments/events
of more than 3 teams.
• Spectator and group gatherings subject to IDPH guidelines during this time.
• State Series TBD.

Spring (Feb. 15 – May 1)
Football
Boys Soccer
Girls Volleyball
Boys & Girls Cross Country
Girls Swimming & Diving
Girls Badminton
Boys Gymnastics
Boys & Girls Water Polo
• Contests can begin March 1 in all sports except football which may begin on
March 5 to allow for acclimatization.
• Schools limited to a maximum of 2 contests per week and no tournaments/events
of more than 3 teams. (Football is allowed one game/week)
• Spectator and group gatherings subject to IDPH guidelines during this time.
• State Series TBD.
• Football: Schools should anticipate a 7 game regular season followed by a
regional post season at minimum.

Summer (May 3 – June 26)
Baseball
Softball
Boys & Girls Track & Field
Girls Soccer
Boys Volleyball
Boys & Girls Lacrosse
Boys Tennis
• Contests can begin on May 17
• Maximum of 2 events per week. (exception: baseball/softball can play 3 games
in a given week if one of the events is a DH)
• Spectator and group gatherings subject to IDPH guidelines during this time.
• State Series TBD.