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June Board Meeting Recap

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Here are additional items from the June 13 Board of Directors Meeting.


  1. The Board approved a recommendation to approve new, edited and deleted IHSA Handbook Illustrations for the 2011-12 school year based upon the new by-laws that were approved in January. 
  2. The IHSA Board approved a recommendation to approve a Transgender Participation Policy. Click the link below to view the Policy: IHSA Transgender Participation Policy 
  3. The Board approved a recommendation to approve the Coaching Certification Program at Rock Valley College.

The Board approved select items from the Advisory Committee Recommendations. A few select Advisory Committee Recommendations of interest are posted below.

Boys/Girls Soccer
  1. During postseason tiebreak kicks, the goalkeeper will start with both feet on the line and only move laterally when the whistle sounds.
Rationale: This is the procedure used during the regular-season and by most surrounding states.
  1. If the third-place game in the state finals is tied at the end of regulation, the game will be decided immediately by penalty kicks.
Rationale: This will help to keep the championship game on schedule and help media meet deadlines.
  1. Recipients of a hard red card will have the following consequences. 1st hard red = 1 game suspension (current practice); 2nd hard red card = 2 game suspension for recipient; 3rd hard red card = 3 game suspension for recipient etc. The hard red card(s) count accumulated during the regular will continue through the state series.
Rationale: There has been a rise in hard red cards recently and a harsher punishment will help cut down on dangerous play.
ELIGIBILITY RULINGS                                                                                                                                                          
  1. The Board sustained the Executive Director’s ruling on a student from Park Ridge (Maine South). The student was ruled ineligible for non-compliance with IHSA By-law 3.031.2. 
  2. The Board sustained the Executive Director’s ruling on a student from Burlington (Central). The student was ruled ineligible for non-compliance with IHSA By-law 3.030.
At each meeting of the Board of Directors, there are certain items the Board discusses, but upon which no action is taken. The following is a report of those items from the June 13, 2011, agenda:
  1. The Executive Director updated the Board on the 2011 IHSA Distinguished Service Award Winners. The award winners below were honored at a banquet on June 13:
Patty Burke
Jerry Dobbs
Jeff Fritzen
Jan Heiteen
Annie Hernandez
Steve Kouri
Amy Kurey
Terry Murphy
Sandy Oldham
Tony Pisano
Joe Plack                                                             
Bill Roeder
  1. The Board discussed the penalty for student-athletes who fail to appear for IHSA Performance-Enhancing Drug Testing conducted at high schools and will revisit the issue at a future meeting.

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