The Illinois High School Association's Legislative Commission voted Monday (Nov. 20) to refer six proposals to amend the IHSA Constitution and By-laws to a vote of the general membership. The Commission voted after hearing feedback from member school personnel at 28 town meetings held around the state during the month of November.
The ballot containing the proposals will be available to each member school's official representative in the IHSA's online Schools Center, beginning Tuesday, November 21. The deadline to submit the ballot is midnight, Tuesday, December 5. The ballots will be tabulated and the results posted on Wednesday, December 6. Schools will be able to vote "no opinion" on a proposal. A simple majority of yes or no votes cast will determine whether each proposal passes.
Here is a summary of the proposals on the ballot:
- Proposal 6: Grants eligibility to a student who has received a Legislative Waiver, who lives in a unit district with one high school, and whose parent is on the faculty of a school in the district. In the current by-law, the parent must be on the faculty of the high school. This by-law would go into effect 30 days after passage.
- Proposal 17: Reduces the number of summer contact days from 25 to 20.
- Proposal 20: Allows a baseball or softball team to play more than 5 contests during a tournament if the tournament takes place over the member school's spring break.
- Proposal 24: Changes the contest limitation in girls and boys basketball to 31 games exclusive of the IHSA state series and removes the limit on the number of tournaments. The current limitation is a combination of games plus tournaments. Also eliminates the limitation on the number of tournaments an individual in girls and boys basketball may participate in.
- Proposal 25: Increases the contest limitation in girls and boys bowling from 20 to 25 dates exclusive of the IHSA state series.
- Proposal 27: Changes the contest limitation in girls and boys volleyball to 35 games exclusive of the IHSA state series and removes the limit on the number of tournaments. The current limitation is a combination of games plus tournaments. Also eliminates the limitation on the number of tournaments an individual in girls and boys volleyball may participate in.
The text of these proposals, as amended is available in a PDF document.
The remaining proposals were rejected by the Legislative Commission. A total of 33 of the 35 commissioners attended Monday's meeting, which was held at the IHSA Office in Bloomington.