COVID-19

IHSA COVID-19 INFORMATION

The IHSA has created this page to house documents and resources related to the COVID-19 pandemic as it relates to IHSA sports/activities for the 2020-21 school year.

Current IDPH Region Status - as of 8:00 AM on May 14, 2021

IDPH Region Current Level
1 - Northwest Phase 4
2 - West Central Phase 4
3 - Southwest Phase 4
4 - St. Louis Area Phase 4
5 - Southern Phase 4
6 - East Central Phase 4
7 - Will/Kankakee Counties Phase 4
8 - DuPage County Phase 4
9 - Lake/McHenry Counties Phase 4
10 - Suburban Cook County Phase 4
11 - Chicago Phase 4

 

  Phase 4 Tier 1 Tier 2 Tier 3
Low-Risk Sports Non-conference contests, out-of-state contests, tournaments & State Series allowed Non-conference contests, out-of-state contests, tournaments & State Series allowed Contests allowed within conference & region or out-of-region within 30 miles. Pause all practices & contests
Moderate-Risk Sports Outdoor Sports Only (Indoor remain at Play Level 3): Non-conference contests, out-of-state contests, tournaments & State Series allowed Contests allowed within conference & region or out-of-region within 30 miles. Practices & intra-team scrimmages allowed. No contests or scrimmages vs. other schools Pause all practices & contests
High-Risk Sports Contests allowed within conference & region or out-of-region within 30 miles. Practices & intra-team scrimmages allowed. No contests or scrimmages vs. other schools No contact practices & training Pause all practices & contests

 

Indoor/Outdoor Sports IDPH Region Mitigations IDPH Spectator Limitations
Indoor Bridge Phase 60% of venue capacity
Outdoor Bridge Phase 60% of venue capacity
Outdoor Phase 4 25% of venue capacity
Indoor Phase 4 Venue of 200+ = 25% of venue capacity

Venue of less than 200 = Maximum of 50 spectators
Indoor Tier 1 Maximum of 25 spectators
Indoor Tier 2 No spectators permitted

2020-21 IHSA Sports Schedules

Sport IDPH
Risk
Practice
Start Date
Practice Dates
Before Games
State Series End Date
Bass Fishing Lower ASAP N/A Sectional: May 6
State: May 21-22
N/A
Boys Gymnastics Lower March 15 7 dates Sectional: May 3-8
State: May 14-15
May 22
Boys/Girls Water Polo Moderate March 15 7 dates Sectional: May 17-21
State: May 26-29
May 29
Baseball Lower April 5 7 dates Regional: June 2-7
Sectional: June 9-12
Super-Sect.: June 14
State: June 17-19
June 19
Girls Lacrosse Moderate April 5 7 dates Sectionals: June 7-12
Super-Sect.: June 15
State: June 17-18
June 19
Boys Lacrosse Higher April 5 7 dates Sectionals: June 7-12
Super-Sect.: June 15
State: June 17-18
June 19
Girls Soccer Moderate April 5 7 dates Regional: May 31-June 5
Sectional: June 8-12
Super-Sect.: June 14-15
State: June 18-19
June 19
Softball Lower April 5 7 dates Regional: June 2-5
Sectional: June 8-12
Super-Sect.: June 14
State: June 16-17
June 19
Boys Tennis Lower April 5 7 dates Sectional: June 4-5
State: June 10-12
June 19
Boys/Girls Track & Field Lower April 5 7 dates Girls Sectional: June 2-4
Girls State: June 10-12
Boys Sectional: June 9-11
Boys State: June 17-19
June 19
Boys Volleyball Moderate April 5 7 dates Regional: June 7-10
Sectional: June 12-15
State: June 18-19
June 19
Wrestling Higher April 19 7 dates No State Series June 12

IHSA Spring & Summer Sport Considerations

During the 2020-21 school year, the IHSA's spring season includes Boys Soccer, Football, Girls Volleyball, Boys Gymnastics, Boys & Girls Water Polo, Baseball, Boys & Girls Lacrosse, Girls Soccer, Softball, Boys Tennis, Boys & Girls Track & Field, Boys Volleyball and Wrestling. Click on the tabs above for each sport to see it's COVID-19 mitigation considerations.

Click here for printable version of Baseball Guidelines (updated 3/11)


Season Dates
-Practice may begin: April 5

-Games may begin: after 7 days of team practice

-Season ends: June 19             
-Low-risk sports in Phase 4

-Non-conference contests, out-of-state contests, tournaments & State Series allowed

-Follow expectations for your current IDPH region status.


Team Limitations
-5.022 Contest limitations-Baseball teams representing a member school shall not participate in more than thirty-five (35) games.

             

State Series
Regional
- The higher seeded team will host each game.

Sectional - The top team on the bracket will host the semifinal.  The bottom team on the bracket will host the championship.

In a 3A or 4A Sectional complex where all teams are seeded together, the higher seeded team will host each Sectional game.

Super-Sectional - The IHSA will secure sites.

State Finals- The IHSA will secure sites.       


Spectators      
-Spectator and group gatherings are subject to current IDPH guidelines.

-Follow all CDC guidelines regarding hygiene and respiratory etiquette. 

-If practical, limit spectators to immediate household members or guardians of participants.


Safety
-Individuals should not congregate in common areas prior to or following the game.

-Teams must follow social distancing expectations in the dugout/bench area.



 

Click here for printable version of Football Guidelines (updated 2/23)


2020-21 Football Guidance

Practice may begin: March 3        
First contest: March 19
Season ends: April 24

The NFHS and the IHSA offer this football guidance for the 2020-21 school year to help schools play football while managing the concerns associated with COVID-19.  

The guidance outlined in this document is meant to decrease potential exposure to respiratory droplets by encouraging social distancing, limiting participation in administrative tasks to essential personnel, and allowing for appropriate protective equipment.  This guidance is intended for all levels of high school football.

The IDPH requires all players, coaches, sideline personnel, and officials to wear a cloth face covering over their nose and mouth during football games in the spring of 2021.

  1. Football Rules Considerations

TEAM BOX (Rule 1-2-3g)

      • The team box may be extended on both sides of the field to the 10-yard lines to allow for more social distancing space for the teams.
      • Players and coaches should maintain recommended social distancing guidelines at all times while in the team box.
      • Players and coaches should not share uniforms, towels and other apparel or equipment.

BALL (Rule 1-3-2)

      • The ball should be cleaned and sanitized throughout the contest as recommended by the ball manufacturer.
      • Ball holders should maintain recommended social distancing at all times during the game.

FACE MASKS [Rules 1-5-1a, 1-5-3c(4)]

      • Players are required to wear cloth face coverings under their helmets.
      • Plastic shields that cover the entire face shall not be allowed (unless they are integrated into the face mask and attached to the helmet and are clear without the presence of any tint).

TOOTH AND MOUTH PROTECTORS [Rule 1-5-1d(5)]

      • Players must wear tooth and mouth protectors according to rule 1-5-1d(5).

GLOVES (Rule 1-5-2b)

      • Players are allowed to wear gloves that comply with Rule 1-5-2b by meeting either the NOCSAE standard or the SFIA specification.

CHARGED TIME-OUTS AND AUTHORIZED CONFERENCES (Rules 2-6-2, 3-5-3, 3-5-8)

      • A charged time-out may be extended to a maximum of two minutes in length.
      • The authorized conference for the charged time-out should take place between the 9-yard marks and not at the sideline for social distancing purposes.  More than one coach can be involved in this conference, and coaches may use technology during the conference.
      • Each player, coach, and official should have their own beverage container brought out to them on the field.

INTERMISSION BETWEEN PERIODS AND AFTER SCORES (Rule 3-5-7l)

      • The intermission may be extended to a maximum of two minutes between the first and second and the third and fourth periods and following a try, successful field goal or safety, and prior to the succeeding free kick.
  1. Football Officials Considerations

OFFICIALS UNIFORM AND EQUIPMENT

Officials in all sports are REQUIRED to wear a face covering at all times when they are at a contest site; before, during, and after the contest.

  • The IHSA prefers that officials wear solid black face coverings with no lettering or logos.
  • Officials may remove their face coverings during timeouts, between quarters, after scores, etc. if they remain socially distant from others.
  • Officials may wear gloves and long sleeves.  Officials who choose to wear gloves must wear clear or black gloves.  If officials wear long sleeves under a short-sleeved official’s shirt, the long sleeves must be black.

Officials are REQUIRED to use regular whistles (with a cover) or electronic whistles.

  • An official’s face covering acts as a whistle cover.  An official is not required to use a whistle cover when he/she wears a mask over his/her whistle.
  • The whistle cover must be solid black with no lettering or logos.  The color of an electronic whistle doesn’t matter.  Officials can use an electronic whistle in any color. 

PREGAME CONFERENCE, COIN TOSS, OVERTIME and POSTGAME PROCEDURES

      • For the coin toss, limit attendees to the referee, umpire, and the head coach from each team.  Use headsets with other crew members if necessary.
      • The coin toss should take place in the center of the field with designated individuals maintaining recommended social distancing guidelines. 
      • Coaches and officials should not shake hands or bump fists prior to or after the coin toss.
      • Maintain recommended social distancing guidelines while performing all pregame responsibilities with all officiating crew members, game administration staff, line-to-gain crew, clock operators, individuals handling the balls during the game and team personnel.
      • For the overtime procedure, use the same procedures as the start of the contest for the coin toss.
      • Coaches, captains, and officials should not shake hands or bump fists after the game.

PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITIES  

  • Officials who do not feel well and have COVID-19 symptoms, should notify their assignor, the host school, and crew members.  Officials with COVID-19 symptoms should stay home and not officiate.
  • Officials can take their temperature in the morning and then again prior to leaving home/work for a contest.
  • Officials should notify the site administrator immediately if their temperature is elevated above 100.3 or a level recommended by your local or state health department.
  • “Vulnerable individuals” are defined by CDC as people 65 years and older and others with serious underlying health conditions.  Officials fitting this description may wish to seek medical advice prior to returning to officiating.
  • Schools will likely have different local rules regarding COVID-19.  Officials should communicate with school athletic administrators about contest expectations.
  • Officials should consider travel arrangements to contest sites with officiating partners.
  • Upon arrival at the contest site and throughout the contest, officials should wash and sanitize their hands frequently.
  • Officials should maintain recommended social distancing while in the locker room and/or on the field.
  • Officials should not share uniforms, towels, apparel, and equipment.
  • Officials should bring their own water bottles and/or sports drinks.

MONITORING

  • Officials ARE NOT responsible for monitoring social distancing guidelines on the sidelines, in the bleachers, or anywhere outside the boundaries of the field.

Coaches and school personnel are responsible for monitoring their own teams.

  1. Additional Football Considerations

    • Before, during and after the contest, players, coaches, game officials, team personnel and game administration officials should wash and sanitize their hands as often as possible.
    • All who are involved in the game should always maintain recommended social distancing guidelines.
    • Everyone should have their own personal beverage container.  Players, coaches, and officials should not share their beverages with others.
    • Cloth face coverings are REQUIRED for all players, coaches, and sideline personnel (statisticians, chain crews, team managers, videographers, etc.).
    • Gloves are permissible for all coaches and sideline personnel.
    • Teams should try their best to limit the number of non-essential personnel who are on field level throughout the contest.
    • If available, dressing facilities for game officials and teams should be large enough for them to use recommended social distancing guidelines and should be properly cleaned and sanitized prior to and after the game.
    • Press Box:  Understanding that each press box is different and can accommodate a different number of game staff members and coaches, schools should limit individuals in the press box to essential personnel, including game clock operator, play clock operator, PA announcer, spotter, and radio/TV broadcasters while maintaining recommended social distancing guidelines.  Visiting team personnel (statisticians, etc.) are not deemed essential and will need to find an alternative location. 
    • Coaches Booth/Box: When coaches booths/boxes are separate areas from the press box, schools should monitor the space available for coaches to ensure that coaches are able to follow recommended social distancing guidelines.

Click here for printable version of Boys Gymnastics Guidelines (updated 3/9)


IHSA 2020-21 BOYS GYMNASTICS CONSIDERATIONS

This document is intended to provide guidance for schools conducting practices and competitions during the 2020-2021 IHSA Boys Gymnastics season.  The guidelines explained in this document are intended to decrease potential exposure to respiratory droplets and potential for illness through safe practices such as social distancing, proper hygiene, and appropriate protective equipment.  This is not an exhaustive list, and school officials may take additional measures based on requirements set forth by their school district and/or local health officials.  Please understand that even with this guidance, there is still risk of transmitting illness at events such as gymnastics practices and competitions. Additionally, with the changing nature of the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, these guidelines may change.

Modified Season:

  • On January 28, the IHSA Board of Directors modified the IHSA Boys Gymnastics season along with all other sport seasons in response to the circumstances surrounding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The modified Boys Gymnastics season is as follows:
    • March 15–Boys Gymnastics Tryouts May Take Place and Practice May Begin
    • First Contest- May be held 7 days from the start of a team’s first practice
    • May 22– End of Season
  • Currently, State Series events are To Be Determined in order to ensure that the events can be conducted safely and in accordance with the Governor’s Restore Illinois Guidelines.  The IHSA will make every effort to conduct some form of State Series event and will announce decisions related to this as they become available. 
  • Boys Gymnastics Teams still must follow IHSA By-law 3.054 Participation Limitations and are required to engage in at least six (6) dates to participate in a team competition in Association- sponsored meets. If a team will not meet the requirement of six (6) dates they will need to appeal to IHSA Craig Anderson (canderson@ihsa.org) for an exemption.
  • Questions regarding Boys Gymnastics or this document contact Tracie Henry (thenry@ihsa.org)


In-Person Requirements & Considerations for Contest Hosts

  • Pre-contest Meeting
    • Consider using methods to keep coaches socially distanced during coaches’ meetings.
    • Electronic or virtual meetings are encouraged when possible even a day before the competition.
    • Face coverings for all officials and coaches are required at pre-meet coaches’ meetings.   
  • Spectators – If meet hosts allow spectators, they must wear facial coverings and maintain 6 ft.  social distancing at all times. In Phase 4 regions, schools are limited to having no more than 50 spectators present.  
  • Warm-up Spaces – For meets auxiliary spaces gymnasiums, field houses, all-purpose rooms, etc.) can be used as holding areas for gymnasts, meet personnel, etc. as long as all auxiliary spaces allow for social distancing.
  • Locker Rooms- should be used as little as possible.  Gymnasts should wear competition attire to competitions to limit use of locker rooms. 
  • Awards:
    • Avoid meet protocols that cause coaches, participants, and spectators to congregate closely together (results boards, awards ceremonies, water stations, etc.). 
      • Consider using an online platform for results and awards announcements
      • Ask athletes to bring their own water and have their own plan for retrieving their water after competition.  
  • Transportation -Follow ISBE Guidelines. Multiple buses/vans and/or parental/guardian transportation could likely be needed.
  • Sanitation: Have sanitation materials (disinfecting wipes, sprays, hand sanitizer, etc.) in prime locations for host personnel. Follow manufacture protocol to disinfect apparatuses. (See resource links below.)

Virtual Requirements and Considerations for Contest Hosts

  • Must be judged by IHSA licensed officials
  • Virtual contests count towards IHSA By-law 5.232
  • Contact Tracie Henry (thenry@ihsa.org) if you are looking for a virtual platform.

Requirements and Considerations for Coaches:

  • Face coverings are always required.
  • Communicate practice and all competition guidelines in a clear manner to student participants and their parents. 
  • Consider conducting workouts in “pods” of same students always training and rotating together on apparatus.
  • Keep accurate records of those athletes and staff who attend each practice in case contact tracing is needed. 
  • Always have a plan to maintain social distancing amongst your team and coaching staff at all times. 
  • Athlete safety is paramount and coaches should not be restricted from spotting an athlete if necessary, to protect the athlete from injury.
  • Expectations regarding spotting or alternative teaching/coaching methods should be clearly communicated repeatedly during practice.
  • Require athletes to arrive at the competition venue already in competitive attire.  If locker rooms must be used, ensure athletes can maintain social distancing. 
  • It is recommended to always have sanitation materials available (hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, etc.) for the team and coaching staff.
  • Educate your student athletes on proper hand washing and sanitation.
  • Follow CDC and IDPH guidelines regarding social distancing.
  • Follow the CDC and IDPH guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting the building.
  • Follow manufacture protocol to disinfect apparatuses. (See resource links below)

Requirements and Consideration for Officials/Judges:

  • Communicate the format and protocols in the officials’ contracts.
  • Face coverings are required at all times.
  • Officials should be spaced 6 ft. apart.
  • Bring personal hand sanitizer and wash your hands frequently.
  • Follow social distancing guidelines
    • Communication with coaches, participants, invitational managers, or other judges must be done at the appropriate social distance. 
  • Refrain from shaking hands, fist bumps, etc.

Requirements and Considerations for Student Athletes:

  • Gymnasts are required to wear face coverings while in the facility and when moving from each apparatus but are not required while participating on the equipment. 
    • Any mask modification requests, due to a documented medical condition, must come through an Accommodation Request through the IHSA School Center.
  • Student athletes should be responsible for their own supplies such as a water bottle.
  • Students should wear their own appropriate practice clothing and not share clothing with anyone.  All equipment and attire should be washed immediately upon returning home. 
  • No hugging, shaking hands, or fist bumps for support/encouragement.
  • Hand washing and the use of hand sanitizer should be frequent at all contests and practices.
  • Athletes should tell coaches immediately when they are not feeling well.

Requirements and Considerations for Parents:

  • Make sure your gymnast and immediate household members are free from illness before participating in practice and competition. (If there is any doubt, stay home.)
  • Provide personal items for your gymnast and clearly label them.
    • Gym bag, water bottle, grips, tapes, pre-wrap, wrist guards, personal chalk bag etc. (See gym bag document below.)
    • Individual chalk bags, plastic bins, buckets or other storage containers should be used and stored in the athlete’s gym bag.
  • Help make sure that your gymnast is washing/cleaning clothing and personal items after each use. 

Eating and drinking:

  • Ensure 6 ft. distance whenever athletes are eating or drinking.
  • Replace face coverings immediately after eating or drinking.

Resources:

IHSA COVID-19 Resources

IDPH Sport Safety Guidance

USA GYMNASTICS Cleaning Guide

SPIETH Equipment Cleaning Process

AAI Equipment Cleaning Process

NFHS Gym Bag Considerations

   


 

Click here for printable version of the IHSA Lacrosse Guidelines (updated 3/12)


IHSA 2021 LACROSSE CONSIDERATIONS
This document is intended to provide guidance for schools for the 2021 IHSA Boys & Girls Lacrosse season.  The guidelines explained in this document are intended to decrease potential exposure to COVID-19. This is not an exhaustive list, and school officials may take additional measures based on requirements set forth by their school district and/or local health officials.  Please understand that even with this guidance, there is still risk of transmitting illness at events. Additionally, with the changing nature of the circumstances surrounding the pandemic, these guidelines are subject to change.

SEASON DATES
The modified boys and girls lacrosse season is as follows:
            -Practice may begin on April 5
            -After 7 practice dates – First Contest may be played
            -June 7 or June 14 – Start of IHSA State Series
 
            -
June 19 – End of Season  

Game Limits: Per IHSA By-laws 5.040 and 5.190, teams can play no more than 20 varsity contests not including the IHSA State Series.
IDPH Competition Limits: Currently, schools can compete against other schools within their conference or within their IDPH region with respect to their COVID-19 regional status of Phase 4. In addition, schools may compete against non-conference opponents within a 30-mile radius of their school and whose region is also in Phase 4.

SAFETY REQUIREMENTS AND CONSIDERATIONS:
IDPH
: All guidelines of the
IDPH All-Sports Policy must be adhered to.
Masks: Face coverings are required for all players, coaches, and team personnel. In lieu of a traditional face covering, a mask or masking device approved by NFHS/NOCSAE/US LACROSSE can be affixed to the inside of the helmet’s facemask for all boys players and girls goal keepers. Any mask modification requests, due to a documented medical condition, must come through an Accommodation Request through the IHSA School Center.
Social Distancing: Social distancing between individuals not on the field of at least 6 feet must be maintained at all times.  Handshakes, fist bumps, hugging, etc. should be avoided.
Contest Capacity & Spectators: Please see the chart on
IHSA.org/Resources/COVID-19 for the latest IDPH spectator limitations. Schools may be more restrictive in their spectator limitations.
Transportation: For transportation to and from extracurricular events, schools may adhere to the same guidance provided by ISBE regarding transporting students to and from school.  
 

GAME MODIFICATIONS
Some slight modifications will be made to the game to improve safety.

1. Stick Checks
Girls Stick Checks:
Officials should wear gloves and players should be socially distanced as they wait for their stick check to occur prior to and during the contest.
Boys Stick Checks: Officials should wear gloves for any stick checks. Limit required stick check request to one per half. It is suggested that coaches limit their requests for stick checks during the contest to situations of supposed blatant disregard of the rule.

2. Officials Table
-Place officials table sufficiently away from the to allow for additional space for substitutes.
-Place required table personnel six feet apart.

3. Team Benches
-Social distancing should be practiced by all individuals within a team bench whenever possible.
-Extend the size of each team’s team bench by double to allow for greater social distancing.  
-
If possible, place team benches opposite the spectator seating, if spectators are allowed.

4. Mask Breaks
Girls Mask Breaks:
Two mask breaks per half. A 90-second mask break will occur after a natural stoppage of play near or after the 17:00 mark of each half and again near or after the 8:00 mark of each half.
Boys Mask Breaks: One mask break per quarter. A 90-second mask break will occur after a natural stoppage of play near or after the 6:00 mark of each quarter.

5. Pregame Conference With Officials
-Limit pregame conference to one coach and minimize players beyond captains and faceoff personnel from each team. 
-All individuals maintain a social distance of 6 feet or greater and suspend any handshakes during the Pregame Conference.

OFFICIALS
1. Masks

Officials are required to wear face coverings at all times.

2. Draw/Faceoffs
Girls Draw

Official should try to limit contact of players and crosses while setting up for the draw.
Boys Faceoff
Officials will place ball on the ground, step back, ask players to go down into faceoff stance. Officials should not touch the heads of crosses on "set". Retreat and then blow the  whistle to start play.

STATE SERIES
Boys and Girls Lacrosse is currently the only traditional IHSA spring sport that is currently classified as high-risk by IDPH. Currently, high risk sports are subject to travel restrictions by the IDPH All-Sports Policy that would prevent a full state tournament from being conducted. As a result, there are two State Series options being considered.
Option A: Sectionals only for teams allowed to compete from June 14-19
Option B: Full State Series tournament from June 7-19

Questions: Questions may be addressed to IHSA Lacrosse Administrator Matt Troha (
mtroha@ihsa.org).

Click here for printable version of Softball Guidelines (updated 3/11)

Season Dates
-Practice May Start: April 5
-Contests May Start: 7 days from the start of a team’s first practice
-Season Must End: June 19         
-Low -Risk Sports in Phase 4
-Non-conference contests, out-of-state contests, tournaments & State Series allowed
-Follow your IDPH Region Status

Team Limitations
-5.272 Contest limitations-Softball teams representing a member school shall no participate in more than thirty-five (35) games.

State Series
Regional-The higher seeded team will host each game.
Sectional-The top team on the bracket will host the sectional semifinal game and the bottom team on the bracket will host the sectional championship.
Super-Sectionals- IHSA will secure and assign Super Sectional sites.
State Semifinals- IHSA will secure and assign a site.
State Finals- IHSA will secure and assign a site.  

Spectators
-Spectator and group gatherings are subject to current IDPH guidelines.
-Follow CDC guidelines regarding hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette. 
-All spectators must wear face coverings

Safety
-Individuals should not congregate in common areas prior to or following the game.
-Teams must follow social distancing expectations in the dugout/bench area.

Face Coverings
-Players, coaches, team personnel, umpires, and spectators must follow current IDPH face covering requirements.
-Face coverings may also be removed while eating or drinking.


 

Click here for printable version of Soccer Guidelines (updated 3/9)


IHSA 2020-21 SOCCER CONSIDERATIONS

This document is intended to provide guidance for schools conducting practices and hosting games during the 2020-21 IHSA Soccer season.  The guidelines explained in this document are intended to decrease potential exposure to respiratory droplets and potential for illness through safe practices such as social distancing, proper hygiene, and appropriate protective equipment.  This is not an exhaustive list, and school officials may take additional measures based on requirements set forth by their school district and/or local health officials.  Please understand that even with this guidance, there is still risk of transmitting an illness at Soccer practice and contests.  Additionally, with the changing nature of the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, these guidelines may be modified.

 

Modified Season

  • On January 27, 2021, the IHSA Board of Directors modified the IHSA Soccer seasons along with all other sport seasons in response to the circumstances surrounding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The modified boys and girls soccer seasons are as follows:

The modified Boys Soccer season is as follows:

    • March 1 – Practice May Begin
    • After 7 days of practice – First Contest May be Held
    • April 17 – End of Season  

The modified Girls Soccer season is as follows:

    • April 5 – Practice May Begin
    • After 7 days of practice – First Contest May be Held
    • June 19 – End of Season (with or without a state series)

General Requirements and Considerations

  • All teams must adhere to guidelines of IHSA Return to Play Phase 4. 

 

Social distancing of at least 6 feet between individuals must be maintained at all times. 

Handshakes, fist bumps, hugging, etc. are not permissible.

Facility Capacity

  • There is a 20% spectator capacity maximum in Phase 4 regions.  Schools may additionally permit media members to the contest as space permits.  

Team Benches

    • If possible, both team benches shall be placed on the same side of the field, opposite the spectator seating.
    • Consider limiting the number of bench personnel to observe social distancing of 6 feet or greater.
    • Additional chairs or rows may be added to allow bench personnel (coaches and players) to observe social distancing of 6 feet or greater.
    • Create separation between the team bench and spectator seating behind the bench.
    • Maintain social distancing of 6 feet between the substitute, officials and/or teammate(s) by encouraging substitutions to occur closer to the center line.
    • Players not in game must wear a mask and MUST be separated by 6 feet in bench area. Players in the game MUST wear a mask.

Spectators

  • If a contest host allow spectators, they must wear facial coverings and maintain 6-feet social distance at all times.
  • Spectator guidelines can be found at www.ihsa.org/Resources/COVID-19
     

Multiple contests on the same night/day

  • JV and Varsity games are permitted with these limitations:

Tournaments/ Shootouts at one Host Site –

  • Multiple team events can be scheduled but must follow the guidance for limited gatherings as outlined by IDPH.
  • Time for cleaning and sanitation of all used spaces and equipment must occur between games. 
  • Participating teams from the previous contest must exit a facility followed by sanitization of the bench areas before the next contest participating teams enter a facility.
  • Participating teams must be eligible in accordance with their IDPH COVID-19 region status to participate in any tournament event.
  • Team benches should be placed on the same side of the field as the mid field table.  If fans are allowed to attend any game, they should be seated opposite the bench area at least 12’ from the touch line. 
  • Team benches shall be spaced out to allow for appropriate distance between players and coaches (minimum of 6’ between individuals). 

Competition: 

  • Per IDPH guidelines, schools may play contests against other schools as outlined by IDPH.

Transportation

  • For transportation to and from extracurricular events, schools may adhere to the same guidance provided by ISBE regarding transporting students to and from school.

Practices - Practices are solely intra-team.
 

Equipment and Accessories

        • Prior to a contest, the game ball should be sanitized according to instructions from the ball manufacturer and set aside on top of the midfield table. The game ball must not be used for warm-ups.
        • The host school should ensure that the ball is sanitized during half time and before over-time period.
        • Sanitizer should be provided by the host team at the table.
        • Face coverings are required for all players, coaches, and team personnel.

 

Mid Field Table

      • The host should sanitize the table before the game and at half time.
      • Place officials table sufficiently away from the sideline (if possible, at least 12’) to allow for additional space for substitutes.
      • Limit seats at the table to essential personnel which includes home team scorer and timer with a recommend distance of 6 feet or greater between individuals. Other personnel (visiting scorer, statisticians, media, etc.) are not considered essential personnel, and an alternate location for them should be considered. 
      • Table personnel are required to wear face covering requirements.
    • Have sanitation materials (disinfecting wipes, sprays, hand sanitizer, etc.) in prime locations for game personnel to clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and equipment.

Requirements and Considerations for Coaches

  • Communicate practice and all competition guidelines in a clear manner to student participants and their parents.   
    • For practices, consider conducting workouts in “pods” of same students who consistently train and rotate together.  This will ensure help limit the exposure if someone develops an infection.
    • Keep accurate records of those athletes and staff who attend each practice in case contact tracing is needed.   
  • Always a have a plan to maintain social distancing amongst your team and coaching staff.   
  • Require athletes to arrive at the competition venue dressed in competitive attire.  If locker rooms must be used, ensure athletes can maintain social distancing.   
  • It is recommended to always have sanitation materials available (i.e. hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, etc.) for the team and coaching staff.  
  • Educate your student athletes on proper hand washing and sanitation.  
  • Coaches must wear face coverings at all practices and contests.

Requirements and Consideration for Officials

  • Officials are not required to wear a mask when they are able to maintain social distance.
    • Officials must wear masks when entering/exiting the field, before/after the game and during the pregame meeting. If officials need to have a close conversation with a coach, player, team personnel, or crew members at any time during the game, they must wear a mask.
    • Face coverings must be solid black.
    • Gloves may be worn.
    • If a traditional whistle is used, officials must keep it covered at all times using a cover or pouch.
    • If an electronic whistle is used, officials should use one whose tone will carry outside.

Pregame Officials and Coaches Meeting

  • Limit Pregame meeting attendees to the referee and both head coaches. Each coach shall stand on each side of the mid-field line.
  • All individuals maintain a social distance of 6 feet or greater. 
  • Suspend handshakes prior to and following the Pregame Conference.

Ball Holders

  • Encourage social distancing of at least 6 feet.

Requirements and Considerations for Student-Athletes

  • Student-athletes should be responsible for their own supplies such as a water bottle.
  • Students should wear their own appropriate workout clothing and not share clothing with anyone.  All equipment and clothing should be washed immediately upon returning home.   
  • Hand washing and the use of hand sanitizer should be frequent at all contests and practices.
  • Athletes should tell coaches immediately when they are not feeling well.
  • Face coverings are always required.
  • Players should bring multiple masks to replace sweat soaked masks throughout games and practices.
  • Any mask modification requests, due to a documented medical condition, must be submitted on an Accommodation Request form found on the IHSA School Center.

Team Benches

  • Social distancing should be practiced. Below are some considerations.
    • Consider limiting the number of bench personnel to observe social distancing of 6 feet or greater.
    • If possible, place team benches opposite the spectator seating.
    • Additional chairs or rows may be added to allow bench personnel to observe social distancing of 6 feet or greater between bench personnel (coaches and players).
    • Create separation between the team bench and spectator seating behind the bench.
      • Maintain social distancing of 6 feet between the substitute, officials and/or teammate(s) by encouraging substitutions to occur closer to the center line.
    • Players not in the game must wear a mask and MUST be separated by 6 feet in bench area.

Requirements and Considerations for Parents

Make sure your child and immediate household members are free from illness before participating in practice and competition (if there is any doubt, stay home).

  • Provide personal items for your child and clearly label them.
  • Help make sure that your child is washing/cleaning clothing and personal items after each use.   
  • Know facility/venue limitations on capacity/attendance prior to attending a meet. Always maintain social distance and wear a face covering while in attendance at an event.

Eating and drinking:

  • Ensure 6-foot distance whenever athletes are eating or drinking.
  • Replace face coverings immediately after eating or drinking.

Questions?

  • Questions may be addressed to IHSA Soccer Administrator Beth Sauser (bsauser@ihsa.org).  

Resources:

IDPH Sport Safety Guidance - http://www.dph.illinois.gov/covid19/community-guidance/sports-safety-guidance

IDPH COVID-19 EMS-Regions Map - http://www.dph.illinois.gov/regionmetrics?regionID=4

IDPH Phase 4 Mitigation Guidelines - https://dceocovid19resources.com/restore-illinois/restore-illinois-phase-4/

IDPH Tier 1 Mitigation Guidelines - http://www.dph.illinois.gov/sites/default/files/COVID19/IL%20Tier%201%20Resurgence%20Mitigations%20-%20January%2018%2C%202021%20Update.pdf

IDPH Tier 2 Mitigation Guidelines - http://www.dph.illinois.gov/sites/default/files/COVID19/IL%20Tier%202%20Resurgence%20Mitigations%20-%20January%2018%2C%202021%20Update.pdf

Click here for printable version of Boys Tennis Guidelines (updated 4/12)

This document is intended to provide guidance for schools conducting practices and hosting events during the 2021 IHSA Boys Tennis season.  The guidelines explained in this document are intended to decrease potential exposure to respiratory droplets and potential for illness through safe practices such as social distancing, proper hygiene, and appropriate protective equipment.  This is not an exhaustive list, and school officials may take additional measures based on requirements set forth by their school district and/or local health officials.  Please understand that even with this guidance, there is still the risk of transmitting illness at events.  Additionally, with the changing nature of the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, these guidelines may be subject to change.

Modified Season:

  • On February 8th, the IHSA Board of Directors modified the IHSA Boys Tennis season along with all other sport seasons in response to the circumstances surrounding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The modified Boys Tennis season is as follows:
    • April 5th - Practice May Begin

(Note:  The IHSA 7-Day acclimatization period will apply to boy’s tennis)

Q. Is a two-day conference meet or tournament considered one or two dates?

A. A conference meet or tournament conducted over two days is considered to be one date. (Constitution 1.420)

  • State Series events will be conducted safely and in accordance with the Governor’s Restore Illinois Guidelines. 
  • If a school has difficulty meeting the 6 contest requirement as outlined in IHSA By-laws 3.054 Participation Limitations as a result of circumstances surrounding the pandemic, please contact IHSA Executive Director, Craig Anderson (canderson@ihsa.org) to inquire about a waiver.        

General Guidance and Considerations:

  • Schools must comply with the IHSA/IDPH COVID-19 Guidelines
  • Wearing of face coverings or masks should be in accordance with the IDPH guidance.
  • Social distancing between individuals of at least 6 feet must always be maintained.  Handshakes, fist bumps, hugging, etc. are not permissible.
  • Student participants, coaches, and athletic trainers, managers, officials if applicable, etc… are all counted as allowable game personnel.  
  • Limited spectators may be permitted at events provided they maintain social distancing throughout the entire event as outlined in the IDPH.  Spectators must always adhere to host venue protocols. 
  • Media are permitted at events provided they maintain social distancing throughout the event as outlined in IHSA/IDPH Guidance. It is important that media RSVP with host school athletic administration prior to attending any event so they can be educated on the school’s protocols for entering/exiting the venue, covering the game/meet, and post-game/meet procedures. Media must always adhere to host venue protocols.
  • Small events are most effective in maintaining fewer competitors, school personnel, officials, and spectators.  Smaller tennis events make it easier to space out competitors to ensure for appropriate social distancing.  Small tennis contests/meets must adhere to the event capacity guidelines outlined by IDPH. 
  • If schools have scheduled large meets such as invitationals, hosts must ensure that ALL event attendees are held to the capacity guidelines outlined by the IDPH. 

Guidance and Considerations for Contest Managers: 

 

  • Entries:
    • Limit event entries to the maximum number of competitors to represent a team to follow the IDPH Current Phase Guidelines (Phase 4).  There is no limit on the number of team personnel.        
  • Teams:
    • Hosts should establish team areas that allow for teams to space at least 30 feet apart while maintaining social distancing within their own team’s area.
    • When not actively exercising/practicing/competing, face coverings must be worn. 
  • Coaches: 
    • Transmit as much information as possible electronically prior to competition.    Coaches can use tennisreporting.com free of charge to organize events and submit scores electronically.   
    • For any information that cannot be submitted electronically, organize a method for information to get to coaches where they can remain socially distanced (i.e. time slots for small numbers of coaches to pick up information, signage, marks on the ground that identify 6 feet apart for common areas where lines may be formed etc...)
    • Face coverings must always be worn by coaches and competition personnel. 
  • Pre-meet - coaches’ meetings:
    • Consider using methods to keep coaches socially distanced during coaches’ meetings.
      • Electronic or virtual meetings are encouraged when possible.
      • Multiple smaller meetings with a smaller number of attendees at a time is also a way to allow for social distancing. 
      • Face coverings for all competition officials and coaches are required at pre-meet coaches’ meetings.  
  • Courts: 
  • Gates should be roped off or left open to avoid touching.
  • If possible, alternating courts should be reserved for play if there is no barrier, such as fencing, between the courts.
  • Tennis Equipment: 
    • Per IDPH – In addition to wearing a mask covering nose and mouth throughout the activity, the following mitigation efforts can lower the risk of COVID-19 transmission while engaged in the following sports: It is recommended to minimize the touching of shared objects.
  • Encourage players to use their racquet/foot to push balls back and/or hit them to their opponent to avoid using hands and touching balls.
  • Before Play:  Ease competitive players back into play prior to competition.
  • Given the layoff from competing, players will be more susceptible to under-training, over-use, and potential other injuries.
  • Do not play if you are exhibiting any symptoms of the coronavirus: mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough and difficulty breathing, or other symptoms identified by the CDC; or have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
  • Ask athletes to bring their own water and have their own plan for retrieving their water after competition.  
  • Arrive at the court no more than 15 minutes prior to play.
  • Players should not congregate in groups prior to playing tennis. 
  • When playing doubles, coordinate with your partner to maintain physical distancing.  Avoid physical and close contact such as strategizing with doubles partner, high fives etc.…
  • Avoid touching your face. 
  • If a ball from another court comes to you, send it back with a kick or with your racket.
  • After Play: 
  • Leave the court as soon as reasonably possible.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly or use a hand sanitizer after coming off the court.
  • Avoid using shared locker rooms or changing area. Shower at home.
  • No group celebration, extra-curricular or social activity should take place. No congregation after playing.  All players should leave the facility immediately after competition is over.
  • Adjust to avoid protocols that cause coaches, participants, and spectators to congregate closely together (brackets, leader boards, results boards, awards ceremonies, water stations, etc.). 
    • Consider using an online platform for results.
    • Consider using general PA announcements or an online platform for award recognitions.
  • Have sanitation materials (disinfecting wipes, sprays, hand sanitizer, etc.) in prime locations for meet personnel to clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and equipment.

Court gates, stair rails, common areas should be wiped down before, during and after events. 

Common areas (benches, chairs, etc.…) should be spaced 6-ft. apart. 

Guidance and Considerations for Coaches:

  • Communicate practice and all competition guidelines in a clear manner to student participants and their parents. 
  • For practices, consider conducting workouts in “pods” of same students who are always training and rotating together.  This will ensure more limited exposure if someone develops an infection. 
  • Keep accurate records of those athletes and staff who attend each practice in case contact tracing is needed. 
  • Always have a plan to maintain social distancing amongst your team and coaching staff. 
  • Always require use of facial coverings.
  • Require athletes to arrive at the competition venue already in competitive attire.  If locker rooms must be used, ensure athletes can maintain social distancing. 
  • It is recommended to always have sanitation materials available (i.e. hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, etc.) for the team and coaching staff.
  • Educate your staff/student athletes on proper hand washing and sanitation.  
  • COACHING
  • Group coaching at practices should take place only where full social distancing is possible. Group coaching should be limited to small groups.
  • Players/Coaches should be assigned specific courts—and possibly specific days and times.  Position the players at well-spaced stations.

Guidance and Consideration for Tournament Management Officials:

  • Bring personal hand sanitizer and wash your hands frequently.
  • Minimize touching of shared objects.
  • Follow social distancing guidelines (refer to meet manager section for pre-meet coaches meeting and posting of results).
    • Communication with coaches, participants, meet personnel, or spectators must be done at the appropriate social distance. 
  • Refrain from shaking hands.
  • Staff must always wear a face covering.

Guidance and Considerations for Student Athletes:

  • Student athletes should be responsible for their own equipment and supplies such as rackets, water bottle, etc.…
  • Students should wear their own appropriate workout clothing and not share clothing with anyone.  All equipment and clothing should be washed immediately upon returning home. 
  • Hand washing and the use of hand sanitizer should be frequent at all contests and practices.
  • Athletes should tell coaches immediately when they are not feeling well.
  • Face coverings are always required except when actively exercising/practicing/competing.  

Guidance and Considerations for Parents:

  • Make sure your child and immediate household members are free from illness before participating in practice and competition (if there is any doubt, stay home).
  • Provide personal items for your child and clearly label them.
  • Help make sure that your child is washing/cleaning clothing and personal items after each use.
  • Know facility/venue limitations on capacity/attendance prior to attending an event.
  • Spectators must wear face coverings unless they are outside and able to maintain social distance.  Spectators must always adhere to host venue protocols and policies where face coverings may be required.    

Eating and Drinking:

  • Ensure 6-feet of distancing whenever eating or drinking.
  • Replace face coverings immediately after eating or drinking. 

Transportation:

  • Schools may follow ISBE guidance for transporting students to athletic events.

Questions:

Questions may be addressed to IHSA Tennis Administrator, Susie Knoblauch sknoblauch@ihsa.org 309-663-6377.

NOTE:  These guidelines apply to outdoor spectator sports only.  Currently, outdoor tennis facilities are highly recommended. We recommend that all competition be completed outdoors.  For indoor tennis facilities, please refer to the Phase 4:  Revitalization Tennis Guidelines provided in the Restore Illinois document:  https://dceocovid19resources.com/assets/Restore-Illinois/businessguidelines4/tennis.pdf

      

RESOURCES: 

IHSA COVID-19

NFHS & USTA COVID-19 PLAYING TENNIS SAFELY PLAYER TIPS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

NFHS & USTA COVID-19 PLAYING TENNIS SAFELY FACILITY AND PROGRAMMING RECOMMENDATIONS  

USTA PLAYING TENNIS SAFELY  

NFHS & USTA FRIENDS AT COURT

IDPH SPORT SAFETY GUIDANCE

IDPH COVID-19 REGION MAPS

NFHS TENNIS   

IHSA TENNIS

TENNIS REPORTING ONLINE SCOREBOOK

 

Click here for printable version of Track & Field Guidelines (updated 4/13)


IHSA 2021 TRACK & FIELD CONSIDERATIONS

 

This document is intended to provide guidance for schools conducting practices and hosting meets during the 2021 IHSA Track & Field season.  The guidelines explained in this document are intended to decrease potential exposure to respiratory droplets and potential for illness through safe practices such as social distancing, proper hygiene, and appropriate protective equipment.  This is not an exhaustive list, and school officials may take additional measures based on requirements set forth by their school district and/or local health officials.  Please understand that even with this guidance, there is still risk of transmitting illness at events such as track & field meets.  Additionally, with the changing nature of the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, these guidelines may change.

 

 

Modified Season:

 

  • The IHSA Girls and Boys Track and Field season has been modified to be conducted from April 5-June 19, 2021.  
  • If your school had difficulty meeting the 6 contest requirement as outlined in IHSA By-laws as a result of circumstances surrounding the pandemic, you may contact IHSA Executive Director, Craig Anderson (canderson@ihsa.org), to inquire about a waiver.         

General Requirements and Considerations:

  • All guidelines of the most current IDPH All-Sports/DCEO Policy must be adhered to. 
  • Social distancing between individuals of at least 6 feet must be maintained when possible.  Handshakes, fist bumps, hugging, etc. are not permissible.
  • Facial Coverings –
    • Student athletes are not required to wear facial coverings while actively participating outdoors.  However, when not actively participating outdoors, student athletes must wear a facial covering. 
    • Officials may remove their facial covering in circumstances wear they are socially distanced. 
    • Coaches and spectators must wear a facial covering at all times.     
  • Participants, Coaches, Officials & Meet Personnel – There is no limit to the number of participants, coaches, officials, and meet personnel at indoor or outdoor meets as long as social distancing can be maintained.  A host may restrict the number of people that fall in this category in order to maintain social distancing requirements. 
  • Spectators If social distancing permits, meet hosts may allow spectators as follows, in accordance with regional Tier/Phase mitigation levels.
  • Small meets (i.e. duals and triangulars) are most effective in maintaining safest practices during a pandemic.  Fewer competitors, school personnel, officials, and spectators make safety mitigations easier to manage. 
  • Multi-team Meets - If schools have scheduled large meets such as invitationals or anything larger than a triangular, then again, hosts must ensure that ALL event attendees are held to the capacity guidelines outlined IDPH/DCEO All-Sports Policy as well as this document.
  • Competition:  Per the IDPH/DCEO All-Sports Policy, competition with other schools is limited to the current Tier/Phase mitigation levels for your EMS Region.   
  • Transportation - For transportation to and from extracurricular events, schools may adhere to the same guidance provided by ISBE regarding transporting students to and from school.   

Requirements and Considerations for Meet Managers.   

  • Field Events:
    • SP, DT – Enforce social distancing for all athletes and officials
      • Athletes should provide their own implements (that pass inspection) if possible.
      • Athletes should retrieve their own implements after each attempt or practice attempt.
      • If athletes can’t provide their own implements, then implements must be sanitized between each use.
    • LJ, TJ – Enforce social distancing for all athletes and officials
    • HJ, PV – Enforce social distancing for all athletes and officials
      • Athletes should not share vaulting poles.  If sharing of vaulting poles is necessary, then the vaulting pole should be sanitized before a new participant uses it. 
  • Individual Running Events:
    • Every lane may be used for IHSA track & field meets. 
    • Multiple heats may be necessary for middle/long distance events with a large number of runners.  Another efficient way to accommodate a larger number of runners could be through use of a double waterfall start on tracks that are marked appropriately for this.   
  • Relay Events:
    • Batons – Schools should provide their own baton or if the host provides batons, they should be sanitized between each relay event.     
  • Team Headquarters at Meets:
    • Hosts should establish team headquarter areas that allow for teams to space at least 30 feet apart while maintaining social distancing within their own team’s headquarters.
  • Coaches Packet Pick-up:
    • Transmit as much information as possible electronically prior to the meet.
    • For any information that cannot be submitted electronically, organize a method for the packet pick up that keeps coaches socially distanced (i.e. time slots for small numbers of coaches to pick up packets, marks on the ground that are 6 feet apart for coaches lines formed at packet pick-up, etc.)
  • Pre-meet coaches’ meetings:
    • Consider using methods to keep coaches socially distanced during coaches’ meetings.
      • Electronic or virtual meetings are encouraged when possible.
      • Multiple smaller meetings with a smaller number of attendees at a time is also a way to allow for social distancing. 
  • Clerking:
    • Clerking locations should be arranged so that meet personnel and athletes are adequately spaced apart (6 feet) and not congregating closely together.
    • Do not use baskets to collect apparel for the athletes while they are competing. 
  • Crowding:
    • Avoid meet protocols that cause coaches, participants, and spectators to congregate closely together (results boards, awards ceremonies, water stations, etc.). 
      • Consider using an online platform for results.
      • Consider using general PA announcements or an online platform for award recognitions.
      • Ask athletes to bring their own water and have their own plan for retrieving their water after competition.  
  • Sanitation:
    • Have sanitation materials (disinfecting wipes, sprays, hand sanitizer, etc.) in prime locations for meet personnel to clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and meet equipment. 

Requirements and Considerations for Coaches:

  • Communicate practice and all competition guidelines in a clear manner to student participants and their parents. 
  • For practices, consider conducting workouts in “pods” of same students who are always training and rotating together.  This will ensure more limited exposure if someone develops an infection. 
  • Keep accurate records and health monitoring of those athletes and staff who attend each practice in case contact tracing is needed. 
  • Always have a plan to maintain social distancing amongst your team and coaching staff at all times. 
  • Always monitor your team’s use of facial coverings to ensure that they are properly following the protocols.   
  • Require athletes to arrive at the competition venue already in competitive attire.  If locker rooms must be used, ensure athletes wear a face covering and maintain social distancing. 
  • It is recommended to always have sanitation materials available (i.e. hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, etc.) for the team and coaching staff.
  • Educate your student athletes on proper hand washing and sanitation.   
  • Coaches should adhere to appropriate facial covering protocols for their own safety and to set a good example for their student athletes. 

Requirements and Consideration for Officials:

  • Use of electronic whistle or a whistle cover is required.
  • Bring personal hand sanitizer and wash your hands frequently.
  • Do not share equipment.
  • Follow social distancing guidelines (refer to meet manager section for pre-meet coaches meeting, clerking, and posting of results).
    • Work with the timing system operator to conduct any necessary video review of performance or results while maintaining appropriate social distance. 
    • Communication with coaches, participants, meet personnel, or spectators must be done at the appropriate social distance. 
  • Refrain from shaking hands.

Requirements and Considerations for Student Athletes:

  • Student athletes should be responsible for their own supplies such as a water bottle.
  • Students should wear their own appropriate workout clothing and not share clothing with anyone.  All equipment and clothing should be washed immediately upon returning home. 
  • Hand washing and the use of hand sanitizer should be frequent at all contests and practices.
  • Athletes should tell coaches immediately when they are not feeling well.

Requirements and Considerations for Parents:

  • Make sure your child and immediate household members are free from illness before participating in practice and competition (if there is any doubt, stay home).
  • Provide personal items for your child and clearly label them.
  • Help make sure that your child is washing/cleaning clothing and personal items after each use. 
  • Know facility/venue limitations on capacity/attendance prior to attending a meet.  Maintain 6 feet social distance when possible.  

Eating and drinking:

  • Ensure 6 foot distance whenever athletes are eating or drinking.
  • Replace face coverings immediately after eating or drinking.

Questions:

  • Questions may be addressed to IHSA Track & Field Administrator, Kraig Garber (kgarber@ihsa.org).

 Resources:

IDPH/DCEO All-Sports policy - http://dph.illinois.gov/covid19/community-guidance/sports-safety-guidance

IDPH COVID-19 Regions Map - http://dph.illinois.gov/regionmetrics?regionID=1

 

 

   

Click here for printable version of Volleyball Guidelines (updated 2/23)


IHSA 2020-21 VOLLEYBALL CONSIDERATIONS

This document is intended to provide guidance for schools conducting practices and hosting games during the 2020-21 IHSA Volleyball season.  The guidelines explained in this document are intended to decrease potential exposure to respiratory droplets and potential for illness through safe practices such as social distancing, proper hygiene, and appropriate protective equipment.  This is not an exhaustive list, and school officials may take additional measures based on requirements set forth by their school district and/or local health officials.  Please understand that even with this guidance, there is still risk of transmitting illness at events such as volleyball practice and contests.  Additionally, with the changing nature of the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, these guidelines may change.

http://www.dph.illinois.gov/covid19/community-guidance/sports-safety-guidance 
 

Modified Season:

  • On January 27, 2021, the IHSA Board of Directors modified the IHSA Boys' and Girls’ Volleyball seasons along with all other sport seasons in response to the circumstances surrounding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The modified boys and girls volleyball season is as follows:
    • March 8 – Girls Volleyball Practice may begin
    • After 7 days of practice – Girls Volleyball Games may start
    • April 24 – Girls Volleyball Season ends

    • April 5 – Boys Volleyball Practice may begin
    • After 7 days of practice – Boys Volleyball Games may start
    • TBD – Boys Volleyball State Series
    • June 19 – Boys Volleyball Season ends

  

  • Note: Avoid scheduling Boys Volleyball regular season games after June 7th to leave time  open for a potential post season event.
  • If your school had difficulty meeting the 6 contest requirement as outlined in IHSA By-laws as a result of circumstances surrounding the pandemic, you may contact IHSA Executive Director, Craig Anderson (canderson@ihsa.org), to inquire about a waiver.
  • Currently, State Series events are “To Be Determined” to ensure that the events can be conducted safely and in accordance with the Governor’s Restore Illinois Guidelines.  The IHSA will make every effort to conduct some form of State Series event and will announce decisions made by the IHSA Board of Directors related to this as they become available. 
  • Please see the IHSA COVID page for guidance on scheduling:  COVID-19 (ihsa.org)
  • Volleyball Teams still must follow IHSA By-laws 5.150 and 5.320 Contest Limitations https://www.ihsa.org/documents/forms/current/IHSA_Section5.pdf 


Requirements and Considerations

Social distancing between individuals, not on the court, of at least 6 feet must be maintained at all times.  Handshakes, fist bumps, hugging, etc. are not permissible at anytime.

Gym Capacity - Student participants, coaches, timers, paid/volunteer game officials, and media are considered a group.

SpectatorsPlease see the IHAS COVID page for spectator information based on your region.

      • If allowed, spectators must maintain social distance throughout the gym.
      • Spectators must wear masks.

Tournaments at one Host Site - Hosts must ensure that ALL event attendees are held to the capacity guidelines outlined in IHSA Return to Play as well as this document (i.e.  Student participants, coaches, timers, paid/volunteer game officials, and media considered a group of 50 people inside of a facility).

Transportation - For transportation to and from extracurricular events, schools may adhere to the same guidance provided by ISBE regarding transporting students to and from school.    

Practices - Practices are solely intra-team.


Equipment and Accessories

Volleyball

        • Prior to a contest, the game ball should be sanitized according to instructions from the ball manufacturer, set aside, and placed on top of the scorer’s table. The game ball must not be used for warm-ups.
        • The host school should ensure that the ball is sanitized during time-outs and between sets.
        • Sanitizer should be provided by the host team at the table.
        • Face coverings are required for all players, coaches, team personnel, officials, and spectators at all times.

Scorer’s Table

      • The host should sanitize the table before the game.
      • Limit seats at the table to essential personnel only with a recommend distance of 6 feet or greater between individuals. Other personnel (visiting scorer, statisticians, media, etc.) are not considered essential personnel, and an alternate location for them should be considered. 
      • Table personnel are required to wear face covering requirements.
      • Have sanitation materials (disinfecting wipes, sprays, hand sanitizer, etc.) in prime locations for table personnel to clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and equipment

General Practice Requirements and Considerations for Coaches:

  • Communicate practice and all competition guidelines in a clear manner to student participants and their parents. 
  • For practices, consider conducting workouts in “pods” of same students who are always training and rotating together.  This will ensure more limited exposure if someone develops an infection. 
  • Keep accurate records of those athletes and staff who attend each practice in case contact tracing is needed. 
  • Always have a plan to maintain social distancing amongst your team and coaching staff. 
  • Always require use of facial coverings.
  • Require athletes to arrive at the competition venue already in competitive attire.  If locker rooms must be used, ensure athletes can maintain social distancing.   
  • Educate your student athletes on proper hand washing and sanitation.
  • Coaches must wear masks/face coverings at all practices and competitions. 

Requirements and Consideration for Officials:

Pregame Protocol

    • Limit attendees to the 1st and 2nd referee and the head coach from each team with one coach and one referee positioned on each side of the net, all 4 individuals shall maintain a social distance of 6 feet.
    • All individuals maintain a social distance of 6 feet or greater at the center circle. 
  • Suspend the use of the coin toss to determine serve/receive. The visiting team will serve first in set 1 and alternate first serve for the remaining non-deciding sets.
  • Suspend roster submission at the pre-match conference. Rosters are submitted directly to the officials’ table before the 10-minute mark.
    • Suspend handshakes prior to and following the Pregame Conference.
  • Officials must wear a face covering at all times. 
    • Officials should not wear jackets during pre-game court/player observation.
    • Electronic whistles are permissible (supplies are limited).
        • Choose a whistle whose tone will carry inside.
        • Check the market for choices   
    • Gloves may be worn.

Transportation:                                                                                                                          

  • Follow ISBE Guidelines: For transportation to and from extracurricular events, schools may adhere to the same guidance provided by ISBE regarding transporting students to and from school.   

Eating and Drinking:

  • Ask athletes to bring their own water and have their own plan for retrieving their water after competition.  
  • Ensure 6-foot distance whenever student athletes are eating or drinking.
  • Replace face coverings immediately after eating or drinking.

Other Considerations:

  • Deciding Set Procedures
    • Move the location of the deciding set coin toss to center court with team captains and the second referee maintaining the appropriate social distance of 3 to 6 feet. A coin toss, called by the home team, will decide to serve/receive.
    • Suspend the protocol of teams switching benches before a deciding set. In the event there is a clear and distinct disadvantage, teams may switch sides, observing all social distancing protocols. Officials will determine if a disadvantage is present.

  • Substitution Procedures
    • Maintain social distancing of 6 feet between the second referee and the player and substitute by encouraging substitutions to occur within the substitution zone closer to the attack line.

General Requirements and Considerations for Student Athletes:

  • Student athletes should be responsible for their own supplies such as a water bottle.
  • Students should wear their own appropriate workout clothing and not share clothing with anyone.  All equipment and clothing should be washed immediately upon returning home.   
  • Hand washing and the use of hand sanitizer should be frequent at all contests and practices.
  • Athletes should tell coaches immediately when they are not feeling well.
    • Face coverings are always required.

Team Benches

  • Social distancing should be practiced. Below are some considerations.
    • Consider limiting the number of bench personnel to observe social distancing of 6 feet or greater.  
    • Suspend the protocol of teams switching benches between sets. In the event there is a clear and distinct disadvantage, teams may switch sides, observing all social distancing protocols. Officials will determine if a disadvantage is present.
    • If possible, place team benches opposite the spectator seating.
    • Additional chairs or rows may be added to allow bench personnel to observe social distancing of 6 feet or greater between bench personnel (coaches and players).
    • Create separation between the team bench and spectator seating behind the bench.
    • Players not in game must wear a mask and MUST be separated by 6 feet in bench area.
    • During time outs, players and coaches should maintain social distance.

General Requirements and Considerations for Parents:

  • Make sure your child and immediate household members are free from illness before participating in practice and competition (if there is any doubt, stay home).
  • Provide personal items for your child and clearly label them.
  • Help make sure that your child is washing/cleaning clothing and personal items after each use.   
  • Know facility/venue limitations on capacity/attendance prior to attending a meet.  Always maintain social distance and wear a face covering while in attendance at an event.

Eating and drinking:

  • Ensure 6-foot distance whenever athletes are eating or drinking.
  • Replace face coverings immediately after eating or drinking.

Questions:

  • Questions may be addressed to IHSA Volleyball administrator Stacey Lambert (slambert@ihsa.org)

Resources:

IDPH Sport Safety Guidance - http://dph.illinois.gov/covid19/community-guidance/sports-safety-guidance  

IHSA COVID Page - COVID-19 (ihsa.org)

IHSA Officials Guidance – IHSA COVID Officials Guidelines.pdf

 

Click here for printable version of Water Polo Guidelines (updated 3/9)

 

IHSA 2020-21 WATER POLO CONSIDERATIONS

This document is intended to provide guidance for schools conducting practices and hosting meets during the 2021 IHSA Water Polo seasons.  The guidelines explained in this document are intended to decrease potential exposure to respiratory droplets and potential for illness through safe practices such as social distancing, proper hygiene, and appropriate protective equipment.  This is not an exhaustive list, and school officials may take additional measures based on requirements set forth by their school district and/or local health officials.  Please understand that even with this guidance, there is still risk of transmitting an illness at Water Polo practice and contests events.  Additionally, with the changing nature of the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, these guidelines may be modified.

Modified Season:

  • On January 27, 2021, the IHSA Board of Directors modified the IHSA Water Polo seasons along with all other sport seasons in response to the circumstances surrounding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The modified boys and girls water polo season is as follows:
    • March 15 – Practice May Begin
    • After 7 days of practice – First Contest May be Held
    • May 29 – End of Season (with or without a state series)
  • Note: Avoid scheduling regular season games after May 17 in order to allow open dates for potential postseason events.
  • If your varsity water polo team has difficulty meeting the 6-contest IHSA By-law requirement due to circumstances surrounding the pandemic, you may contact IHSA Executive Director, Craig Anderson (canderson@ihsa.org), to inquire about a waiver.
  • Currently, schools can compete against other schools within their region with respect to their COVID-19 regional status of Phase 4. In addition, schools may compete against non-conference opponents within a 30-mile radius of their facility and whose region is also in Phase 4. For further guidance refer to https://www.dph.illinois.gov/covid19/community-guidance/sports-safety-guidance  
  • Teams still must follow IHSA By-laws 5.160 and 5.330 Contest Limitations https://www.ihsa.org/documents/forms/current/IHSA_Section5.pdf

General Requirements and Considerations:

  • All teams must adhere to the guidelines of IHSA Return to Play Phase 4.

Social distancing between individuals of at least 6 feet must be maintained at all times.

  •  Handshakes, fist bumps, hugging, etc. are not permissible.

Spectators

Contests

  • Dual contests are most effective at maintaining fewer competitors, school personnel, officials, and spectators. Dual contests make it easier to space those in attendance to the appropriate social distancing. Contests must adhere to the event capacity guidelines outlined in IHSA Return to Play mitigations. 

Multi-team Contests

  • If schools have scheduled larger meets than a dual, or invitational, hosts must ensure that ALL event attendees are held to the capacity guidelines outlined in IHSA Return to Play Phase 4.

Competition

  •  Per IDPH guidelines, competition is limited Phase 4 or Tier 1 mitigations. (See IDPH COVID EMS-Region Map link below in resources). 

Transportation

  •  For transportation to and from extracurricular events, schools may adhere to the same guidance provided by ISBE regarding transporting students to and from school.

Practices

  • Practices are solely intra-team.

Requirements and Considerations for Game Managers and Officials. 

Pool Facilities:

  • Consider increasing water sanitation level, i.e., keep chlorine closer to 2.0 PPM. 

Team Benches (2-2-1, 2-2-2, 4-2)

  • Teams should be seated on opposite sides of the pool and away from the officials’ table.
  • Suspend the protocol of teams changing ends. If possible, place team benches opposite the spectator seating.
  • Additional chairs or rows may be added to allow bench personnel to observe social distancing of 6 feet or greater between bench personnel.
  • Players not in game must wear a mask and MUST be separated by 6 feet in bench area.

  • During time outs, players and coaches should maintain social distance.
  • To promote social distancing, substitute players may be in the water behind the goal line outside the re-entry area, at least 2 meters from the goal, provided this is possible on both ends of the field of play.
  • Head coaches shall sit or stand behind the goal line in the team area when the team is on defense and shall maintain 6 feet of distance from players and officials. 
  • Players not in game must wear a mask and MUST be separated by 6 feet in bench area.
  • During time outs, players and coaches should maintain social distance.

Pre-game Captains Meeting (2-5-2)

  • Decrease number of participants or hold one conference with officials and coaches and one meeting with officials and captains. The referee can use P.A. system or starting-system microphone to allow participants to hear but keep them properly separated.

Game Officials (3-1-1, 3-1-2, 3-14, 3-17, 3-18, 3-20, 3-21)

  • The officials include two referees, a scorekeeper, exclusion secretary, game timer and shot clock timer.
  • The use of goal judges is optional.
  • The score table of the home team must accommodate a minimum of one observer from the visiting team and up to two additional observers as space permits. 
  • Require a distance of 6 feet between individuals seated at the desk/table.
  • The re-entry areas should be set up on the opposite side from the score table with the goal judges situated on the same side as the score table, each on the goal line at the end of the field of play. If facility constraints make this difficult, configure the deck set-up in a way that promotes 6 feet of social distancing.
  • The game timer can also act as shot clock timer, consolidating working positions at the table.
  • The duties of the exclusion secretary can be combined with the scorekeeper to consolidate working positions at the table.

Referees Control Over Conduct (3-6-2) 

  • After the pre-game captains meeting, the head coach and captain(s) are the only individuals authorized to address the referees. This may occur during time-outs, during the interval between periods, with the permission of the referee or, in the case of the head coach, when filing a protest. Alternative methods of communications should be established to encourage 6 feet of social distancing.  

Referees – Checking and Signing Scoresheet (3-10)

  • The referees must verify the score and sign the scoresheet and inform coaches of reportable fouls at the conclusion of the game. Alternative methods of communications should be established to encourage 6 feet of social distancing.

Submission of Entries to Referee (3-20-2a)

  • Teams must provide a pre-printed roster for all levels prior to the game so that only the game secretary is handling the game book and writing utensils.

Start of the Game – Coin Toss (4-15-1)

  • If there are not pre-assigned starting ends of the pool for a game, the referee, in the presence of the captains, shall perform the coin toss at least 10 minutes before the start of the game. The winner will have the choice of ends. Require a distance of 6 feet between coin toss participants.

Sanitation:

  • Have sanitation materials (disinfecting wipes, sprays, hand sanitizer, etc.) in prime locations for meet personnel to clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and equipment.
    • Score Table - recommend hand sanitizer at the desk.  

Requirements and Considerations for Game Managers and Officials. 

Locker Rooms

  • Require athletes to arrive at the venue already in competitive attire or provide alternative accommodations for participants to change that allows for 6 feet of social distancing.   

Game Officials (3-1-1, 3-1-2, 3-14, 3-17, 3-18, 3-20, 3-21)

  • The officials include two referees, a scorekeeper, exclusion secretary, game timer and shot clock timer.
  • The use of goal judges is optional.
  • The score table of the home team must accommodate a minimum of one observer from the visiting team and up to two additional observers as space permits. 
  • Require a distance of 6 feet between individuals seated at the desk/table.
  • The re-entry areas should be set up on the opposite side from the score table with the goal judges situated on the same side as the score table, each on the goal line at the end of the field of play. If facility constraints make this difficult, configure the deck set-up in a way that promotes 6 feet of social distancing.
  • The game timer can also act as shot clock timer, consolidating working positions at the table.
  • The duties of the exclusion secretary can be combined with the scorekeeper to consolidate working positions at the table

Referees Control Over Conduct (3-6-2)  

  • After the pre-game captains meeting, the head coach and captain(s) are the only individuals authorized to address the referees. This may occur during time-outs, during the interval between periods, with the permission of the referee or, in the case of the head coach, when filing a protest. Alternative methods of communications should be established to encourage 6 feet of social distancing.  

Referees – Checking and Signing Scoresheet (3-10)

  • The referees must verify the score and sign the scoresheet and inform coaches of reportable fouls at the conclusion of the game. Alternative methods of communications should be established to encourage 6 feet of social distancing.

Submission of Entries to Referee (3-20-2a)

  • Teams must provide a pre-printed roster for all levels prior to the game so that only the game secretary is handling the game book and writing utensils.

Start of the Game – Coin Toss (4-15-1)

  • If there are not pre-assigned starting ends of the pool for a game, the referee, in the presence of the captains, shall perform the coin toss at least 10 minutes before the start of the game. The winner will have the choice of ends. Require a distance of 6 feet between coin toss participants.

Score Table

  • Recommend hand sanitizer at the desk.  

Requirements and Considerations for Coaches:

  • Coaches should wear face coverings at all practices and contests.
  • Always require players to use of facial coverings when not engaged in training or competing.
  • Communicate practice and all competition guidelines in a clear manner to student participants and their parents. 
  • Keep accurate records of those athletes and staff who attend each practice in case contact tracing is needed. 
  • Always have a plan to always maintain social distancing amongst your team and coaching staff. 
  • Require athletes to arrive at the competition venue dressed in competitive attire.  If locker rooms must be used, ensure athletes can maintain social distancing. 
  • It is recommended to always have sanitation materials available (i.e., hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, etc.) for the team and coaching staff.
  • Educate your student athletes on proper hand washing and sanitation.

Requirements and Consideration for Officials:

  • Officials are required to wear face coverings at all times.
  • Face coverings must be solid black
  • Traditional or electronic whistles may be used.  If an electronic whistle is used, officials should use one whose tone will carry inside.
  • Bring personal hand sanitizer and wash your hands frequently.
  • Do not share equipment.
  • Follow social distancing guidelines. Communication with coaches, participants, meet personnel, or spectators must be done at the appropriate social distance. 
  • Suspend handshakes prior to and following the Pregame Meeting.
  • Gloves may be worn.

Requirements and Considerations for Student Athletes:

  • Student athletes should be responsible for their own supplies such as a water bottle.
  • Ensure 6-foot distance whenever athletes are eating or drinking.
  • Replace face coverings immediately after eating or drinking.
  • Students should wear their own appropriate workout clothing and not share clothing with anyone. All equipment and clothing should be washed immediately upon returning home. 
  • Hand washing and the use of hand sanitizer should be frequent at all contests and practices.
  • Athletes should tell coaches immediately when they are not feeling well.
  • Face coverings are required at all times when not in the water. 

Requirements and Considerations for Parents:

  • Make sure your child and immediate household members are free from illness before participating in practice and competition (if there is any doubt, stay home).
  • Provide personal items for your child and clearly label them.
  • Help make sure that your child is washing/cleaning clothing and personal items after each use. 
  • Know facility/venue limitations on capacity/attendance prior to attending a contest.
  • Always maintain social distance and wear a face covering while in attendance at an event.

Eating and drinking:

  • Ensure 6-foot distance whenever athletes are eating or drinking.
  • Replace face coverings immediately after eating or drinking.

Questions: Questions may be addressed to IHSA Water Polo Administrator, Beth Sauser bsauser@ihsa.org).


Resources:

IDPH Sport Safety Guidance - http://www.dph.illinois.gov/covid19/community-guidance/sports-safety-guidance

IDPH COVID-19 EMS-Regions Map - http://www.dph.illinois.gov/regionmetrics?regionID=4

IDPH Phase 4 Mitigation Guidelines - https://dceocovid19resources.com/restore-illinois/restore-illinois-phase-4/

IDPH Tier 1 Mitigation Guidelines - http://www.dph.illinois.gov/sites/default/files/COVID19/IL%20Tier%201%20Resurgence%20Mitigations%20-%20January%2018%2C%202021%20Update.pdf

IDPH Tier 2 Mitigation Guidelines - http://www.dph.illinois.gov/sites/default/files/COVID19/IL%20Tier%202%20Resurgence%20Mitigations%20-%20January%2018%2C%202021%20Update.pdf

 

Click here for printable version of Wrestling Guidelines (updated 4/15)


IHSA 2020-21 WRESTLING CONSIDERATIONS

This document is intended to provide guidance for schools conducting practices and hosting meets during the 2020-21 IHSA wrestling season.  The guidelines explained in this document are intended to decrease potential exposure to respiratory droplets and potential for illness through safe practices such as social distancing, proper hygiene, and appropriate protective equipment.  This is not an exhaustive list, and school officials may take additional measures based on requirements set forth by their school district and/or local health officials.  Please understand that even with this guidance, there is still risk of transmitting illness at events.  Additionally, with the changing nature of the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, these guidelines may change.

Schools and officials are expected to follow current IDPH guidelines at all times.

Modified Season:

    • Practice May Begin: April 19
    • First contest may be held after 7 different days of team practice.
    • Season Ends: June 12

  • Schools are restricted to wrestling dual events with a maximum of three schools at an event.
  • Individual tournaments are not allowed.
  • Schools may participate against other schools that are in their conference, in their EMS region, or schools that are in other EMS regions yet within a 30-mile radius from school to school.
  • Wrestling Teams must follow IHSA By-Laws 5.170 and 5.370 Contest Limitations.

General Requirements and Considerations:

  • Schools must follow current IDPH guidelines at all times.
  • Appropriate social distancing must be maintained at all times. 

Requirements and Considerations for Managers:

  • Schools may schedule wrestling events with other schools that are:
    • in the same conference.
    • in the same COVID region.
    • in a different COVID region yet are within a 30-mile distance from school to school.
  • Prior to the Event
    • Consider either emailing event information one week in advance to participating schools or host a virtual coaches meeting in lieu of a traditional in-person one.
    • Coaches are responsible for ensuring that wrestlers maintain social distancing. This means additional spacing between wrestlers while wrestling, warming up, or weighing in so that wrestlers remain properly spaced.
  • Arrival/Warm-Up
    • Establish firm arrival times for participants to begin weigh-ins.  Schools who arrive early must stay in their vehicle until the appointed entry time.
    • Upon entry, schools should report directly to their assigned sections.
  • Spectators
    • Spectators are allowed according to current IDPH guidelines
    • If allowed, spectators must maintain social distance throughout the school and gym.
    • Spectators must wear masks at all times.

  • Hand sanitizer and/or sanitizing wipes – Players, coaches, and volunteers are encouraged to provide their own hand sanitizer and/or sanitizing wipes. It is recommended to use hand sanitizer before and after each match and when going out to, and coming in from, different areas throughout the facility. Additionally, emphasize to all to avoid touching their face.
  • Media – All local social distancing, mask wearing, and hygiene guidelines for spectators should be followed by media members planning to attend meets. Media members should contact host school administrators prior to arriving.
  • Media area – Local schools shall determine which personnel should be in the designated media area considering IDPH guidelines.
  • Rules conferences – Encourage limiting the number of individuals in a rules interpretation conference to those who must be in close proximity for these discussions. Coaches/ volunteers must wear a mask.
  • Team handshakes – Teams shall not exchange handshakes except in situations where the rule book requires wrestlers to shake hands.
  • Awards
    • Awards ceremonies should not be held.
    • Awards can be mailed following the event.

Requirements and Considerations for Coaches:

  • Communicate practice and all competition guidelines in a clear manner to student participants and their parents. 
  • For practices, consider conducting workouts in “pods” of same students who are always training and rotating together.  This will ensure more limited exposure if someone develops an infection. 
  • Keep accurate records of those athletes and staff who attend each practice in case contact tracing is needed. 
  • Always have a plan to maintain social distancing among your team and coaching staff. 
  • Always require use of facial coverings except when wrestlers are actively wrestling on the mat.
  • Require athletes to arrive at the competition venue already in competitive attire.  If locker rooms must be used, ensure athletes can maintain social distancing. 
  • It is recommended to always have sanitation materials available (i.e. hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, etc.) for the team and coaching staff.
  • Coaches must wear face coverings at all times.
  • Educate your student athletes on proper hand washing and sanitation.  
  • Group coaching at practices should take place only where full social distancing is possible. Group coaching should be limited to small groups.

Requirements and Considerations for Wrestlers:

  • Wrestlers must not touch, handle, or share each other’s equipment.
  • Wrestlers should wash hands as frequently as possible and bring hand sanitizer to use during the contest.
  • Hand sanitizer and/or sanitizing wipes – Wrestlers are encouraged to provide their own hand sanitizer and/or sanitizing wipes, but coaches must have sanitizer available at practices and competitions.
  • It is recommended to use hand sanitizer before and after each match and when going out to, and coming in from, different areas of the facility. Additionally, emphasize to all to avoid touching their face.
  • Wrestlers should tell coaches immediately when they are not feeling well.
  • Masks – Wrestlers must wear masks at all times when they are off the mat.

Requirements and Consideration for Officials:

  • Officials in all sports are REQUIRED to wear a face covering at all times when they are at a contest site; before, during, and after the contest.

The IHSA prefers that officials wear solid black face coverings with no lettering or logos.

Officials may remove their face coverings during timeouts, between periods/innings, etc. if they remain socially distant from others.

Officials may wear gloves and long sleeves.  Officials who choose to wear gloves must wear clear or black gloves.  If officials wear long sleeves under a short-sleeved official’s shirt, the long sleeves must be black.

  • Officials are REQUIRED to use regular whistles (with a cover) or electronic whistles.

An official’s face covering acts as a whistle cover.  An official is not required to use a whistle cover when he/she wears a mask over his/her whistle.

The whistle cover must be solid black with no lettering or logos.  The color of an electronic whistle doesn’t matter.  Officials can use an electronic whistle in any color. 

  • To acknowledge the winning wrestler, officials will raise their own hand with the appropriately colored wrist band.
  • Eliminate all handshakes and fist bumps prior to and after the contest.

Personal Responsibilities for Officials:

  • Officials who do not feel well and have COVID-19 symptoms, should notify their assignor, the host school, and crew members.  Officials with COVID-19 symptoms should stay home and not officiate.
  • Officials can take their temperature in the morning and then again prior to leaving home/work for a contest.
  • Officials should notify the site administrator immediately if their temperature is elevated above 100.3 or a level recommended by your local or state health department.
  • “Vulnerable individuals” are defined by CDC as people 65 years and older and others with serious underlying health conditions.  Officials fitting this description may wish to seek medical advice prior to returning to officiating.
  • Schools will likely have different local rules regarding COVID-19.  Officials should communicate with school athletic administrators about contest expectations.
  • Officials should consider travel arrangements to contest sites with officiating partners.
  • Upon arrival at the contest site and throughout the contest, officials should wash and sanitize their hands frequently.
  • Officials should maintain recommended social distancing while in the locker room and/or in the gym.
  • Officials should not share uniforms, towels, apparel, and equipment.
  • Officials should bring their own water bottles and/or sports drinks.

Monitoring

  • Officials ARE NOT responsible for monitoring social distancing guidelines on the sidelines, in the bleachers, or anywhere outside the boundaries of the mat.
  • Coaches and school personnel are responsible for monitoring their own teams.

Requirements and Considerations for Parents:

  • Make sure your child and immediate household members are free from illness before participating in practice and competition.  If there is any doubt, students should stay home.
  • Provide personal items for your child and clearly label them.
  • Help make sure that your child is washing/cleaning clothing and personal items after each use.
  • Know facility/venue limitations on capacity/attendance prior to attending an event.  Always maintain social distance and wear a face covering while attending at an event.

Hydration:

  • All wrestlers must bring their own water bottle. Water bottles must not be shared.
  • Hydration stations should not be utilized.

Transportation:

  • For transportation to and from extracurricular events, schools may adhere to the same guidance provided by ISBE regarding transporting students to and from school.   

Eating and drinking:

  • Ensure 6-foot distance whenever athletes are eating or drinking.
  • Replace face coverings immediately after eating or drinking.

Resources:

IHSA RETURN TO ACTIVITIES 1.0: https://documentcloud.adobe.com/link/track?uri=urn:aaid:scds:US:33115455-89ef-4f93-bdc7-86bbf7a6fd7d

IDPH SPORT SAFETY GUIDANCE: http://dph.illinois.gov/covid19/community-guidance/sports-safety-guidance

 IDPH COVID-19 REGION MAPS: https://documentcloud.adobe.com/link/track?uri=urn:aaid:scds:US:37ae0de3-609b-4853-8622-b3b9c6d41781

Click here for printable version of Outdoor Spirit Guidelines (updated 3/9)


Sideline Spirit – Outdoor Events Covid-19 Guidance

Cheer, Dance, Poms, Drill, Flags, Pep Bands

As spirit programs transition to supporting outdoor events, the following guidance should be in place:

Per IDPH, all school spirit participants (Cheer, dance, drill, poms, flags, pep band, etc..) are not spectators and they are not participants. As a result, IDPH suggests that the attendance of spirit groups at contests are at the discretion of local schools. IDPH goes on to suggest that spirit groups be part of a lower priority group when schools are making decisions about what groups are permitted to attend games/contests safely. If a school elects to permit sideline spirit groups, the 30 ft. distance from other athletes per the spectator guidance would be waived as this group is no longer part of the spectator group. 6 ft. social distancing with face coverings is an appropriate mitigation.

In summary, sideline spirit activities are permitted provided the follow conditions are met:                                  

IDPH guidelines and IDPH capacity limits must be followed.                                             

Maintain at least 6 feet of social distance during routines, including when changing formations, and prohibiting lifts, stunts, pyramids, and tosses as well as shared equipment (e.g., signs, flags, poms); avoid shouting, singing, and chanting. Tumbling is allowed and the student athlete may remove their mask while tumbling. The student should place their mask back on after tumbling.

Teams located in EMS regions in Phase 4 may resume lifts, stunts, pyramids, and tosses.

  • Wear a mask covering nose and mouth throughout the activity.

When doing lifts, stunts, pyramids, tosses, and tumbling, student athletes may remove their masks.  Student should place their masks back on after stunting. 

Per IDPH: “Cloth face coverings have been shown to be well tolerated by most individuals who wear them for exercise, but we acknowledge that the covering may need to be removed under certain circumstances. Cloth face coverings should not be worn for cheerleading (tumbling/stunting/flying) and gymnastics (while on the different apparatuses), because the covering may get caught on objects and become a choking hazard or accidently impair vision.”
 

PEP BAND GUIDANCE: 

Masks – Masks/face covering should be worn by students, and bell covers should be on applicable instruments. Students who play wind instruments can use face coverings with a slit.

Distance – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) distancing guidelines of 6 feet by 6 feet should be followed, with additional space (9 feet by 6 feet) for trombone players. The distancing guidelines apply for outdoors as well as indoors.

Time – Recommended rehearsals should be limited to 30 minutes with appropriate breaks for air/ventilation. Indoors, the room should be cleared, and participants should wait until at least one HVAC air change has occurred before the next rehearsal.   

Air Flow – Outdoor activity remains the best place for air flow. Indoors, HEPA filters are strongly recommended to increase the amount of clean air and the number of air changes per hour (ACH).

Hygiene – The strong emphasis continues on hygiene, including frequent handwashing, and cleaning of spit valves and storage areas.

RESOURCES:

AMERICAN ACADEMY of PEDIATRICS  

IDPH ALL SPORTS POLICY

IHSA COVID-19

NFHS MUSIC – PEP BANDS

 

IDPH MUSIC GUIDANCE

IHSA Activity Considerations

Click here to print Bass Fishing Guidelines
 

This document is intended to provide guidance for schools conducting practices and hosting bass fishing events during the 2020-21 IHSA Bass Fishing season.  The guidelines explained in this document are intended to decrease potential exposure to respiratory droplets and potential for illness through safe practices such as social distancing, proper hygiene, and appropriate protective equipment.  This is not an exhaustive list, and school officials may take additional measures based on requirements set forth by their school district and/or local health officials.  Please understand that even with this guidance, there is still risk of transmitting illness at events such as bass fishing practices and contests.  All IDPH guidelines must be followed during all interscholastic bass fishing events.  Additionally, with the changing nature of the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, these guidelines may change.

Modified Season:

  • The IHSA Board of Directors modified the IHSA Bass Fishing season along with all other sport and activity seasons in response to the circumstances surrounding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The modified bass fishing season is as follows:
    • May 6 – IHSA Bass Fishing Sectional Tournament (rain date:  May 10)
    • May 21, 22 – IHSA Bass Fishing State Finals
  • Schools can compete in bass fishing events following the appropriate mitigations and guidance outlined in this document, Boating and Fishing Guidelines, and the Illinois All-Sports Policy.

Illinois COVID-19 Region Map

Requirements and Considerations

  • All guidelines of IHSA Return to Play Phase 4 must be adhered to. 

Social distancing - The Illinois All-Sports Policy and the COVID-19 Boating and Fishing Guidelines indicate that appropriate social distance of six feet shall be maintained on land and boats.  Handshakes, fist bumps, hugging, etc. should be avoided at all times.

Common Areas – Refer to the latest IDPH All-Sports Policy Spectator Guidelines chart at www.ihsa.org/Resources/COVID-19.    All participants must wear face coverings when unable to  maintain 6’ of social distance.

SpectatorsRefer to the latest IDPH All-Sports Policy Spectator Guidelines chart at www.ihsa.org/Resources/COVID-19.   Event organizers should consider ways to stream launches and weigh-ins.

      • Managers should work with their local health departments to consider whether spectators will be allowed or not.
      • If allowed, spectators must maintain social distance and wear masks.

Competition:  Per IDPH guidelines, schools may engage in bass fishing competitions based on the COVID-19 regional status for their school.  (See IDPH COVID EMS-Region Map link below in resources).   

Transportation - For transportation to and from extracurricular events, schools may adhere to the same guidance provided by ISBE regarding transporting students to and from school.    

Practices - Practices are solely intra-team.

Equipment and Accessories

  1. Boats
      • Boat capacity is subject to the manufacturer’s capacity for the boat and the U.S. Coast Guard regulations.
      • The full legal load/capacity of the boat underway and moored/touching shore may be utilized if appropriate social distancing of 6’ can be observed.
      • Face coverings must be worn by anglers, coaches, and boat captains whenever social distance of 6’ between individuals cannot be maintained.
  2. Launch/Weigh-in Areas
      • 6’ of social distancing should be maintained between individuals and boats.
  3. Fishing Gear (Rods, Reels, Lures, etc.)
    • All equipment should be cleaned and sanitized as often as is practical.  Equipment should be cleaned and sanitized according to manufacturer’s guidance.
    • Equipment should not be shared between anglers.

General Practice Requirements and Considerations for Coaches:

  • Communicate practice and all competition guidelines in a clear manner to student participants and their parents. 
  • For practices, consider conducting workouts in “pods” of same students who are always training and rotating together.  This will ensure more limited exposure if someone develops an infection. 
  • Keep accurate records of those athletes and staff who attend each practice in case contact tracing is needed. 
  • Always have a plan to maintain social distancing amongst your team and coaching staff. 
  • Require athletes to arrive at all practices and competitions already in appropriate attire.  If locker rooms must be used, ensure there is enough space to allow for students and coaches to maintain social distancing.   
  • Educate your student athletes on proper hand washing and sanitation.
  • Have hand sanitizer available at all practices and competitions.
  • Coaches must wear masks/face coverings at all practices and competitions whenever 6’ of social distancing cannot be maintained.  When in doubt, wear a face covering. 

Requirements and Consideration for Event Organizers/Officials:

  • Face coverings must be worn at all times whenever 6’ of social distancing cannot be maintained.  When in doubt, wear a face covering.
  • Make hand sanitizer available in common areas.
  • Event organizers should keep 6’ of social distance between themselves and any competitors or spectators.
  • Consider conducting any pre-event safety meeting either online or limit the number of attendees.  Any safety meeting held on site should be done outside where individuals can socially distance themselves from one another.
  • During launch, check live wells in a ‘drive by’ fashion.
  • Consider allowing the boat captain or coach to put any identification markers on the boat if it’s not possible to maintain social distance while putting the identification marker on.
  • Conduct safety checks with only one person in the boat while maintaining 6’ of social distance.
  • Develop “no contact” procedures for weigh-ins.  Limit the number of individuals handling fish and maintain 6’ of social distance between individuals.
  • Consider streaming weigh-in ceremonies for individuals unable to attend.
  • Consider ways to distribute any awards in a “no contact” manner.  For example, if awards are distributed in person at the site of the event, consider placing the awards on a table where school representatives can pick them up.
  • Consider ways to announce and distribute results electronically.

General Requirements and Considerations for Student Athletes:

  • Student athletes should be responsible for their own supplies, equipment, food and drink.
  • Students should wear their own appropriate workout clothing and not share clothing with anyone.  All equipment and clothing should be washed immediately upon returning home.   
  • Hand washing and the use of hand sanitizer should be frequent at all contests and practices.
  • Athletes should tell coaches immediately when they are not feeling well.
  • Face coverings are always required whenever 6’ of social distancing cannot be maintained.  For example, it is likely that when launching, driving to a new location or returning for weigh-ins, coaches, captains, and anglers will need to wear face coverings.  When a boat is stopped for fishing in a given location, it’s likely that wearing a face covering will not be necessary.
      • Players should bring multiple masks to replace masks as necessary.
      • Any mask modification requests, due to a documented medical condition, must come through an Accommodation Request through the IHSA School Center.

General Requirements and Considerations for Parents:

  • Make sure your child and immediate household members are free from illness before participating in practice and competition (if there is any doubt, stay home).
  • Provide personal items for your child and clearly label them.
  • Help make sure that your child is washing/cleaning clothing and personal items after each use.   
  • Know facility/venue limitations on capacity/attendance prior to attending a meet.  Always maintain social distance and wear a face covering while in attendance at an event. 

 

  • Transportation:                                                                                                                          

Follow ISBE Guidelines: For transportation to and from extracurricular events, schools may adhere to the same guidance provided by ISBE regarding transporting students to and from school.   

Eating and Drinking:

  • Ask athletes to bring their own water and have their own plan for retrieving their water after competition.  
  • Ensure 6-foot distance whenever student athletes are eating or drinking.
  • Replace face coverings immediately after eating or drinking, especially whenever 6’ of social distancing cannot be maintained.

Questions may be addressed to IHSA Associate Executive Director, Kurt Gibson (kgibson@ihsa.org)  

Published Updates

  • April 13, 2021

Resources:

IDPH Sport Safety Guidance -

http://dph.illinois.gov/covid19/community-guidance/sports-safety-guidance  

IDPH COVID-19 EMS-Regions Map -

https://documentcloud.adobe.com/link/track?uri=urn:aaid:scds:US:37ae0de3-609b-4853-8622-b3b9c6d41781  

Boating & Fishing Guidelines – 

https://dceocovid19resources.com/assets/Restore-Illinois/businessguidelines4/boatingfishing.pdf

IHSA Return To Play & Contact Day Guidelines & Forms

The IHSA's Return To Play Guidelines were developed by the IHSA Sports Medicine Advisory Committee in collaboration with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH).

RETURN TO ACTIVITIES GUIDELINES - updated on October 29, 2020

COVID-19 STUDENT-ATHLETE CERTIFICATION FORM

ATHLETE RETURN TO PLAY FOLLOWING INFECTION POLICY - approved January 13, 2021

IHSA Winter Sport Considerations

During the 2020-21 school year, the IHSA's winter season includes badminton, basketball, bowling, cheerleading, dance, girls gymnastics, boys swimming & diving, and sideline spirit. Click on the tabs above for each sport to see it's COVID-19 mitigation considerations.

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IHSA 2020-21 BADMINTON CONSIDERATIONS

 

This document is intended to provide guidance for schools conducting practices and hosting meets during the 2020-21 IHSA Girls Badminton season.  The guidelines explained in this document are intended to decrease potential exposure to respiratory droplets and potential for illness through safe practices such as social distancing, proper hygiene, and appropriate protective equipment.  This is not an exhaustive list, and school officials may take additional measures based on requirements set forth by their school district and/or local health officials.  Please understand that even with this guidance, there is still risk of transmitting illness at events such as badminton events.  Additionally, with the changing nature of the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, these guidelines may change.

Modified Season:

  • On December 14, 2020, the IHSA Board of Directors modified the IHSA Girls Badminton season in response to the circumstances surrounding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The modified girls’ badminton seasons are as follows:
    • Practice may begin when sports return after winter pause……
    • First contest date TBD
    • Post season TBD
    • Season end TBD
  • Currently, State Series events are To Be Determined in order to ensure that the events can be conducted safely and in accordance with the Governor’s Restore Illinois Guidelines.  The IHSA will make every effort to conduct some form of State Series event and will announce decisions related to this as they become available. 
  • It is recommended to keep the above mentioned state series dates open on your schedules for the purpose of potential State Series events.
  • Currently, live competition must only occur with schools in your IDPH COVID-19 region and conference schools:  https://documentcloud.adobe.com/link/track?uri=urn:aaid:scds:US:37ae0de3-609b-4853-8622-b3b9c6d41781
  • If a State Series is conducted and your school had difficulty meeting the 6-contest requirement as outlined in IHSA By-laws as a result of circumstances surrounding the pandemic, please contact IHSA Executive Director, Craig Anderson (canderson@ihsa.org) to inquire about a waiver.   
  • Badminton Teams still must follow IHSA By-Laws 5.180 Contest Limitations:

https://www.ihsa.org/documents/forms/current/IHSA_Section5.pdf

    

General Requirements and Considerations:

  • All guidelines of IHSA Return to Play Phase 4 must be adhered to. 
  • Social distancing between individuals of at least 6 feet must be maintained at all times.  Handshakes, fist bumps, hugging, etc. are not permissible.
  • Student participants, coaches, and volunteers are restricted to a combined total of 50 per group.  A group is defined as an individual group of 50 (players, coaches, and volunteers). 
  • Hosts can have multiple groups at an event as long as the groups are completely spaced out so that they don’t intermingle or wait in queue in common areas.
  • Small events are most effective in maintaining fewer competitors, school personnel, volunteers, and spectators.  Small events make it easier to space players out at the start and finish of a competition to ensure for appropriate social distancing.  Small meets must adhere to the event capacity guidelines outlined in IHSA Return to Play Phase 4 as well as those outlined in this document. 
  • If schools have scheduled large tournaments or invitationals, hosts must ensure that ALL event attendees are held to the capacity guidelines (i.e. combined total of no more than 50 student participants, coaches, and officials per group).

Requirements and Considerations for Managers. 

  • Prior to the Event
    • Consider either emailing event information one week in advance to participating schools or host a virtual coaches meeting in lieu of a traditional in-person one.
    • Coaches are responsible for ensuring social distancing is maintained between players. This means additional spacing between players while warming up, on deck, or playing and no congregating of players while waiting to play.
  • Arrival/Warm-Up
    • Establish firm arrival times for participants no earlier than 45 minutes prior to a participant’s/school’s first match.  Participants who arrive early must stay in their vehicle until the appointed entry time.
    • Team space should be pre-designated, and upon entry, participants should report directly to their assigned space.
    • Participants should maintain social distance during warm-up times.
  • Starting
    • Any tournament volunteers/managers must wear a mask.
    • Participants shall maintain social distancing at all times.
  • Courts
    • If possible, alternating courts is best practice to maintain spacing.
    • On deck chairs should not be used, unless able to be sanitized between use.  On deck spaces for each team should be separated by at least 6 feet.
  • Badminton Equipment
    • Birds - Practice caution with the birds and avoid letting the participants touch them. Try to restrict birds to a certain group, court, or day of the week by labeling them.
      • Using new birds on a very regular basis is highly encouraged.
      • Match play - If possible, badminton players should each use a new tube of birds for a match, different brands or same brand/different numbers and only serve with your birds.
    • Other Badminton Equipment – Items should be touched only by the specific coach or specific player and should be cleaned frequently. Avoid using unnecessary equipment. Use alcohol-based disinfectant to clean all gear, including racquets, towels, target cones, etc. Rackets and towels should not be shared.
      • If possible, avoid players handling any coaching equipment.
      • Encourage players to use their racquet/foot to push birds back and/or hit them to their opponent to avoid using hands and touching birds.
  • After Play:
      • Leave the court as soon as reasonably possible.
      • Wash your hands thoroughly or use a hand sanitizer after coming off the court.
      • Avoid using shared locker rooms or changing area. Shower at home.
      • No group celebration, extra-curricular or social activity should take place. No congregation after playing. All players should leave the facility immediately after competition is over.
    • Adjust to avoid protocols that cause coaches, participants, and spectators to congregate closely together (brackets, leader boards, results boards, awards ceremonies, water stations, etc.). 
      • Awards ceremonies should not be held.
      • Consider using an online platform for results.
      • Consider using general PA announcements or an online platform for award recognitions.
    • Have sanitation materials (disinfecting wipes, sprays, hand sanitizer, etc.) in prime locations for meet personnel to clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and equipment.
      • Court gates, stair rails, common areas should be wiped down before, during and after events.
      • Common areas (benches, chairs, etc.…) should be spaced 6-ft. apart.
  • Spectators
    • If competition hosts allow spectators, they must always wear masks and maintain 6-feet social distancing throughout the entire event as outlined above and in the IHSA Return to Play Phase 4 Guidelines and IDPH guidance and are counted as part of the 50 individuals throughout the entire event as outlined above and in the IHSA Return to Play Phase 4 Guidelines and IDPH guidance. NOTE: Some sites may not permit spectators.

  • Hand sanitizer and/or sanitizing wipes – Players, coaches, and volunteers are encouraged to provide their own hand sanitizer and/or sanitizing wipes. It is recommended to use hand sanitizer before and after each match and when going out to, and coming in from, different areas throughout the gym.  Additionally, emphasize to all to avoid touching their face.

  • Media – All local social distancing, mask wearing, and hygiene guidelines for spectators should be followed by media members planning to attend meets. Media members should contact host school administrators prior to arriving.    
  • Games Committees – Encourage limiting the number of individuals in a Games Committee Conference to those who must be in close proximity for these discussions. Coaches/ volunteers must wear a mask.
  • Team handshakes – Teams and individuals shall NOT exchange handshakes before, during, or following the practice, match, or meet.
  • Press area – Local schools shall determine which personnel should be in the designated press area considering IDPH guidelines.
  • Scoring
    • Consider using online scoring platforms in lieu of paper score cards. 

Requirements and Considerations for Coaches:

  • Communicate all practice and all competition guidelines in a clear manner to student participants and their parents. 
  • For practices, consider conducting workouts in “pods” of same students who are always training and rotating together.  This will ensure more limited exposure if someone develops an infection. 
  • Keep accurate records of those athletes and staff who attend each practice in case contact tracing is needed. 
  • Always have a plan to maintain social distancing amongst your team and coaching staff. 
  • Always require use of facial coverings.
  • Require athletes to arrive at the competition venue already in competitive attire.  If locker rooms must be used, ensure athletes can maintain social distancing. 
  • It is recommended to always have sanitation materials available (i.e. hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, etc.) for the team and coaching staff.
  • Coaches must wear face coverings at all times.
  • Educate your student athletes on proper hand washing and sanitation.  
  • COACHING
  • Group coaching at practices should take place only where full social distancing is possible. Group coaching should be limited to small groups.
  • Players/Coaches should be assigned specific practice times.  Position the players at well-spaced stations.

Requirements and Consideration for Tournament Management Officials:

  • Bring personal hand sanitizer and wash your hands frequently.
  • Do not share equipment.
  • Follow social distancing guidelines (refer to meet manager section for pre-match coaches meeting and posting of results).
    • Communication with coaches, participants, meet personnel, or spectators must be done at the appropriate social distance. 
  • Refrain from shaking hands.
  • Always wear a face covering.

Requirements and Considerations for Participants:

  • All participants must refrain from touching other participants in any way, unless they are from the same household, including shaking hands prior to and following the match.
  • Participants must not touch, handle, or share each other’s equipment.
  • Participants should wash hands as frequently as possible and bring hand sanitizer to use during the event.
  • Athletes should tell coaches immediately when they are not feeling well.
  • Schools hosting events should consider having sanitizer and disinfectant in the pit area.
  • Masks – Players must wear masks at all times. There is no prohibition on the color of the mask.
    • Any mask modification requests, due to a documented medical condition, must come through an Accommodation Request through the IHSA School Center.
  • Hand sanitizer and/or sanitizing wipes – Players are encouraged to provide their own hand sanitizer and/or sanitizing wipes, but coaches must have sanitizer available at practices and competitions.
  • It is recommended to use hand sanitizer before and after each game and when going out to, and coming in from, different areas of the house. Additionally, emphasize to all to avoid touching their face.

Requirements and Considerations for Parents:

  • Make sure your child and immediate household members are free from illness before participating in practice and competition (if there is any doubt, stay home).
  • Provide personal items for your child and clearly label them.
  • Help make sure that your child is washing/cleaning clothing and personal items after each use.
  • Know facility limitations on capacity/attendance prior to attending an event.  Always maintain social distance and wear a face covering while in attendance at an event.

Hydration:

  • All students shall bring their own water bottle. Water bottles must not be shared.
  • Hydration stations (water cows, water trough, water fountains, etc.) should NOT be utilized.

Transportation:

  • For transportation to and from extracurricular events, schools may adhere to the same guidance provided by ISBE regarding transporting students to and from school.   

Eating and drinking:

  • Ensure 6 foot distance whenever athletes are eating or drinking.
  • Replace face coverings immediately after eating or drinking.

Resources:

IHSA RETURN TO ACTIVITIES 2.0: https://www.ihsa.org/documents/CovidGuidelines/Return%20to%20Activities%202.0.pdf

GUIDANCE: http://dph.illinois.gov/covid19/community-guidance/sports-safety-guidance

 IDPH COVID-19 REGION MAPS: https://documentcloud.adobe.com/link/track?uri=urn:aaid:scds:US:37ae0de3-609b-4853-8622-b3b9c6d41781

IHSA Basketball Considerations (last updated 2/5/21)

This document is intended to provide guidance for schools conducting practices and hosting games during the 2020-21 IHSA Basketball season.  The guidelines explained in this document are intended to decrease potential exposure to respiratory droplets and potential for illness through safe practices such as social distancing, proper hygiene, and appropriate protective equipment.  This is not an exhaustive list, and school officials may take additional measures based on requirements set forth by their school district and/or local health officials.  Please understand that even with this guidance, there is still risk of transmitting illness at events such as basketball practice and contests.  Additionally, with the changing nature of the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, these guidelines may adjust.

Modified Season:

  • On January 27, 2021, the IHSA Board of Directors modified the IHSA Boys' and Girls’ Basketball seasons along with all other sport seasons in response to the circumstances surrounding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The modified boys and girls basketball season is as follows:
    • Immediately – Practice May Begin
    • After 7 practice dates – First Contest may be played
    • March 13 –    End of Season  

Requirements and Considerations

  • All guidelines of IHSA Return to Play Phase 4 must be adhered to. 

Social distancing between individuals, not on the court, of at least 6 feet must be maintained at all times.  Handshakes, fist bumps, hugging, etc. are not permissible at anytime.

Gym Capacity - In Phase 4 regions, schools are limited to having no more than 50 spectators present.  Schools may permit media members to the contest as space permits.  Schools should also limit the number of cheerleaders, dance squad members, and other ancillary groups at a contest to minimize any possible spread of COVID-19.  These ancillary groups are neither participants nor spectators so there are no specific limits on their attendance.

SpectatorsPlease see the Winter Sports Guidelines Cover page.

      • Managers should work with their local health departments to consider if whether spectators will be allowed.
      • If allowed, spectators must maintain social distance throughout the gym.
      •  Spectators must wear masks.

Tournaments at one Host Site –

  • Multiple team events can be scheduled but must follow appropriate gathering limit guidance as outlined by IDPH.
  • Time for cleaning and sanitation of all used spaces and equipment must occur between games. 
  • Participating teams from the previous contest must exit a facility followed by sanitization of the bench areas before the next contest participating teams enter a facility.
  • Participating teams must be eligible to participate in any tournament event in accordance with IDPH COVID-19 region status.
  • Team benches should be placed on the same side of the floor as the scorer’s table, if possible.  If fans are allowed to attend any game, they should be seated opposite the bench area at least 12’ from the playing floor.  If fans are allowed and are seated on the bench side of the floor, they shall be at least 12’ away from the athletes and coaches on the bench. 
  • Team benches shall be spaced out to allow for appropriate distance between players and coaches (minimum of 6’ between individuals).  This may require benches to extend into the bleachers.  Benches may extend beyond the baseline if space allows.
  • Any basketball used as a part of warm-ups or game play must be cleaned and sanitized between uses. 
    • Game balls should not be used as a part of any warm-up. 
    • All balls should be cleaned and sanitized in a manner consistent with guidelines provided by the manufacturer.
  • All spaces and equipment (gym, chairs, scorer’s table, locker rooms, bleachers) must be cleaned and sanitized between games. 
    • Spaces should be cleaned and sanitized in a manner consistent with all local and national health guidelines.
  • All individuals must wear masks.

Competition:  Per IDPH guidelines, schools may play contests against other schools as outlined by IDPH.

Transportation - For transportation to and from extracurricular events, schools may adhere to the same guidance provided by ISBE regarding transporting students to and from school.    

Practices - Practices are solely intra-team.

Equipment and Accessories

  1. Basketball
        • Prior to a contest, it is recommended that two (2) game balls be sanitized according to instructions from the ball manufacturer, set aside, and placed on top of the scorer’s table. The game balls must not be used for warm-ups.
        • The host school should switch balls during full time-outs and between quarters and sanitize the ball taken out of play.  If only one ball is available, the ball should be sanitized between quarters and during full time-outs.
        • Sanitizer should be provided by the host team at the scorer’s table.
        • Face coverings are required for all players, coaches, and team personnel.
      • Players should bring multiple masks to replace sweat soaked masks through games and practices.
      • Any mask modification requests, due to a documented medical condition, must come through an Accommodation Request through the IHSA School Center.
  2. Officials Table (2-1-3)
      • The host should sanitize the table before the game and at half time.
      • Place officials table sufficiently away from the sideline (if possible, at least 6’) to allow for additional space for substitutes.
      • Limit seats at the table to necessary personnel which includes home team scorer and timer with a recommend distance of 6 feet or greater between individuals. Only other personnel that can be distanced at least 6’ apart (visiting scorer, statisticians, media, etc.) should be allowed at the officials table.  However, these other personnel are not considered necessary personnel, and an alternate location for them should be considered if spacing guidelines can’t be met at the official’s table. 
      • Table personnel are required to wear face coverings.
      • Game venues should have sanitation materials (disinfecting wipes, sprays, hand sanitizer, etc.) in prime locations for meet personnel to clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and equipment
  3. Team Benches (1-13-1)

Social distancing should be practiced. Below are some considerations.

    • Consider limiting the number of bench personnel to observe social distancing of 6 feet or greater.  
    • If possible, place team benches opposite the spectator seating, if spectators are allowed.
    • Additional chairs or rows may be added to allow bench personnel to observe social distancing of 6 feet or greater between bench personnel (coaches and players).
    • Create at least 12’ of separation between the team bench and spectator seating behind the bench. (if applicable)
    • Encourage substitutes to maintain social distancing from other substitutes after checking in with the official scorer.
    • Players not in game must wear a mask and MUST be separated by 6 feet in bench area.
    • During full time outs, players and coaches should maintain social distance as is practical.
    • During 30 second time outs, only those players in the game and coaches may stand and be involved in the huddle, maintaining appropriate social distance. (NOTE:  a manager distributing water bottles may also stand to fulfill his/her role.  He/she must maintain social distance during this time.)
  1. During play
  • Due to players wearing masks during contests, a 90-second time-out will be taken each quarter at the first dead ball under the 5-minute mark to give players an opportunity to catch their breath. 1st horn at 75 seconds.

General Practice Requirements and Considerations for Coaches:

  • Communicate practice and all competition guidelines in a clear manner to student participants and their parents. 
  • For practices, consider conducting workouts in “pods” of same students who consistently train and rotate together.  This will ensure more limited exposure if someone develops an infection. 
  • Keep accurate records of those athletes and staff who attend each practice in case contact tracing is needed. 
  • Always have a plan to maintain social distancing amongst your team and coaching staff. 
  • Require athletes to arrive at the competition venue dressed in competitive attire.  If locker rooms are used during halftime breaks, ensure space allows athletes and coaches to maintain social distancing.   
  • Educate your student athletes on proper hand washing and sanitation.
  • Coaches must wear masks/face coverings at all practices and competitions. 

General Requirements

Requirements for Officials:

  • Officials are required to wear face coverings at all times.
    • Face coverings must be solid black
    • Traditional or electronic whistles may be used.  If a traditional whistle is used, officials should attach a plain black cover to the whistle to limit the spread of respiratory droplets.  If an electronic whistle is used, officials should use one whose tone will carry inside.
    • Long-sleeved shirts are permissible.
    • Officials should not wear jackets during pre-game court/player observation.
    • Gloves may be worn.

Pregame Officials and Coaches Meeting

  • Limit Pregame meeting attendees to the referee and both head coaches. Each

coach shall stand on the center circle on each side of the division line.

  • All individuals maintain a social distance of 6 feet or greater at the center circle. 
  • Suspend handshakes prior to and following the Pregame Conference.

Other Considerations:

Throw-in

  • Officials shall stand 6 feet or greater away from player making the throw-in and bounce the ball to that player on any throw-in.

Free Throw Administration

  • The lead official shall stand on the end line and bounce the ball to the player attempting the shot.   

Jump Ball

  • Eliminate the jump ball and award the ball to the visiting team for the first possession of the game.  The alternating possession arrow will then be set after the initial throw-in.
  • For a game being played on a neutral site, use a coin toss to determine which team is awarded the ball to start the game. A coin toss shall also be used for overtime periods. The referee shall have the head coaches come to the center circle and allow the visiting team coach to make the call on the flip.  The referee shall indicate both sides of the coin before flipping, ask for the visiting team’s choice before flipping, and catch the coin in the air and open the palm of the hand which caught the coin to display which side is shown.  If the coach calling the flip is correct, his/her team shall begin the game/overtime period with the basketball.  If the coach calling the flip is incorrect, the opposing team will begin the game/overtime period with the ball.
  • The throw-in to begin a game or overtime period shall be made at the division line opposite the scorer’s table.

General Requirements and Considerations for Student Athletes:

  • Student athletes should be responsible for their own supplies such as a water bottle.
  • Students should wear their own appropriate workout clothing and not share clothing with anyone.  All equipment and clothing should be washed immediately upon returning home.   
  • Hand washing and the use of hand sanitizer should be frequent at all contests and practices.
  • Athletes should tell coaches immediately when they are not feeling well.
  • Face coverings are always required.
  • Players should bring multiple masks to replace sweat soaked masks throughout games and practices.
  • Any mask modification requests, due to a documented medical condition, must be submitted on an Accommodation Request form found on the IHSA School Center.

General Requirements and Considerations for Parents:

  • Make sure your child and immediate household members are free from illness before participating in practice and competition (if there is any doubt, stay home).
  • Provide personal items for your child and clearly label them.
  • Help ensure that your child is washing/cleaning clothing and personal items

after each use.   

  • Know facility/venue limitations on capacity/attendance prior to attending a contest.  Always maintain social distance and wear a face covering while in attendance at an event.

Transportation:                                                                                                                          

  • Follow ISBE Guidelines: For transportation to and from extracurricular events, schools may adhere to the same guidance provided by ISBE regarding transporting students to and from school.   

Eating and Drinking:

  • Ask athletes to bring their own water and have a plan for retrieving their water after competition.  
  • Ensure 6-foot distance whenever student athletes are eating or drinking.
  • Replace face coverings immediately after eating or drinking.

Questions: Questions may be addressed to IHSA Basketball Administrators Kurt Gibson (kgibson@ihsa.org) or Beth Sauser (bsauser@ihsa.org). 
 

Resources:

IDPH Sport Safety Guidance - http://www.dph.illinois.gov/covid19/community-guidance/sports-safety-guidance

IDPH COVID-19 EMS-Regions Map - http://www.dph.illinois.gov/regionmetrics?regionID=4

IDPH Phase 4 Mitigation Guidelines - https://dceocovid19resources.com/restore-illinois/restore-illinois-phase-4/

IDPH Tier 1 Mitigation Guidelines - http://www.dph.illinois.gov/sites/default/files/COVID19/IL%20Tier%201%20Resurgence%20Mitigations%20-%20January%2018%2C%202021%20Update.pdf

IDPH Tier 2 Mitigation Guidelines - http://www.dph.illinois.gov/sites/default/files/COVID19/IL%20Tier%202%20Resurgence%20Mitigations%20-%20January%2018%2C%202021%20Update.pdf

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IHSA 2020-21 BOWLING CONSIDERATIONS
 

This document is intended to provide guidance for schools conducting practices and hosting meets during the 2020-21 IHSA Boys and Girls Bowling season.  The guidelines explained in this document are intended to decrease potential exposure to respiratory droplets and potential for illness through safe practices such as social distancing, proper hygiene, and appropriate protective equipment.  This is not an exhaustive list, and school officials may take additional measures based on requirements set forth by their school district and/or local health officials.  Please understand that even with this guidance, there is still risk of transmitting illness at events such as bowling events.  Additionally, with the changing nature of the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, these guidelines may change.

Modified Season:

  • On July 29, the IHSA Board of Directors modified the IHSA Boys and Girls Bowling season along with all other sport seasons in response to the circumstances surrounding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The modified girls’ and boys’ bowling seasons are as follows:
    • November 16 – Practice May Begin
    • November 30– First Contest May be Held
    • February 8- Keep this week open
    • February 12/13 – End of Season Event for Boys and Girls Bowling
  • Currently, State Series events are To Be Determined in order to ensure that the events can be conducted safely and in accordance with the Governor’s Restore Illinois Guidelines.  The IHSA will make every effort to conduct some form of State Series event and will announce decisions related to this as they become available. 
  • It is recommended to keep the above mentioned state series dates open on your schedules for the purpose of potential State Series events.
  • Currently, live competition must only occur with schools in your IDPH COVID-19 region and conference schools:  https://documentcloud.adobe.com/link/track?uri=urn:aaid:scds:US:37ae0de3-609b-4853-8622-b3b9c6d41781
  • If a State Series is conducted and your school had difficulty meeting the 6-contest requirement as outlined in IHSA By-laws as a result of circumstances surrounding the pandemic, please contact IHSA Executive Director, Craig Anderson (canderson@ihsa.org) to inquire about a waiver.   
  • Bowling Teams still must follow IHSA By-Laws 5.050 and 5.200 Contest Limitations:

https://www.ihsa.org/documents/forms/current/IHSA_Section5.pdf

    

General Requirements and Considerations:

  • All guidelines of IHSA Return to Play Phase 4 must be adhered to. 
  • Social distancing between individuals of at least 6 feet must be maintained at all times.  Handshakes, fist bumps, hugging, etc. are not permissible.
  • Student participants, coaches, and volunteers are restricted to a combined total of 50 per group.  A group is defined as an individual group of 50 (bowlers, coaches, and volunteers). 
  • Hosts can have multiple groups at an event as long as the groups are completely spaced out so that they don’t intermingle or wait in queue in common areas.
  • Small events are most effective in maintaining fewer competitors, school personnel, volunteers, and spectators.  Small events make it easier to space bowlers out at the start and finish of a competition to ensure for appropriate social distancing.  Small meets must adhere to the event capacity guidelines outlined in IHSA Return to Play Phase 4 as well as those outlined in this document. 
  • If schools have scheduled large tournaments or invitationals, hosts must ensure that ALL event attendees are held to the capacity guidelines outlined in the DCEO document (i.e. combined total of no more than 50 student participants, coaches, and officials per group).

Requirements and Considerations for Managers. 

  • Prior to the Event
    • Consider either emailing event information one week in advance to participating schools or host a virtual coaches meeting in lieu of a traditional in-person one.
    • Centers are allowed to operate at the lessor of 200 bowlers or 50% of capacity. https://dceocovid19resources.com/assets/Restore-Illinois/businessguidelines4/bowling.pdf
    • Coaches are responsible for ensuring social distancing is maintained between players. This means additional spacing between players while playing, chatting, or changing drills so that players remain spaced out, and no congregating of players while waiting to bowl.
  • Arrival/Warm-Up
    • Establish firm arrival times for participants no earlier than 45 minutes prior to a participant’s/school’s first starting time.  Participants who arrive early must stay in their vehicle until the appointed entry time.
    • Upon entry, participants should report directly to their assigned pair of lanes.
    • Participants should maintain social distance during warm-up times.
  • Starting
    • Managers should only use electronic scoring available, unless otherwise not available
    • Any tournament volunteers/managers must wear a mask.
    • Participants shall maintain social distancing at all times.
  • Spectators
    • If competition hosts allow spectators, they must always wear masks and maintain 6-feet social distancing throughout the entire event as outlined above and in the IHSA Return to Play Phase 4 Guidelines and IDPH guidance and are counted as part of the 50 individuals throughout the entire event as outlined above and in the IHSA Return to Play Phase 4 Guidelines and IDPH guidance. NOTE: Some sites may not permit spectators.

  • Hand sanitizer and/or sanitizing wipes – Players, coaches, and volunteers are encouraged to provide their own hand sanitizer and/or sanitizing wipes. It is recommended to use hand sanitizer before and after each game and when going out to, and coming in from, different areas throughout the house. Additionally, emphasize to all to avoid touching their face.

  • Media – All local social distancing, mask wearing, and hygiene guidelines for spectators should be followed by media members planning to attend meets. Media members should contact host school administrators prior to arriving.    
  • Rules conferences – Encourage limiting the number of individuals in a rules interpretation conference to those who must be in close proximity for these discussions. Coaches/ volunteers must wear a mask.
  • Team handshakes – Teams and individuals shall NOT exchange handshakes before, during, or following the practice or meet.
  • Press area – Local schools shall determine which personnel should be in the designated press area considering IDPH guidelines.
  • Scoring
    • Consider using online scoring platforms in lieu of paper recaps. 
    • Once the round is submitted and scores are submitted, participants must return to their car/team bus.
  • Awards
    • Awards ceremonies should not be held.
    • Awards can be sent via mail following the event.

Requirements and Considerations for Coaches:

  • Communicate practice and all competition guidelines in a clear manner to student participants and their parents. 
  • For practices, consider conducting workouts in “pods” of same students who are always training and rotating together.  This will ensure more limited exposure if someone develops an infection. 
  • Keep accurate records of those athletes and staff who attend each practice in case contact tracing is needed. 
  • Always have a plan to maintain social distancing amongst your team and coaching staff. 
  • Always require use of facial coverings.
  • Require athletes to arrive at the competition venue already in competitive attire.  If locker rooms must be used, ensure athletes can maintain social distancing. 
  • It is recommended to always have sanitation materials available (i.e. hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, etc.) for the team and coaching staff.
  • Coaches must wear face coverings at all times.
  • Educate your student athletes on proper hand washing and sanitation.  

Coaching

  • Group coaching at practices should take place only where full social distancing is possible. Group coaching should be limited to small groups.
  • Players/Coaches should be assigned specific practice times.  Position the players at well-spaced stations.

Requirements and Consideration for Tournament Management Officials:

  • Bring personal hand sanitizer and wash your hands frequently.
  • Do not share equipment.
  • Follow social distancing guidelines (refer to meet manager section for pre-meet coaches meeting and posting of results).
    • Communication with coaches, participants, meet personnel, or spectators must be done at the appropriate social distance. 
  • Refrain from shaking hands.
  • Always wear a face covering.

Requirements and Considerations for Participants:

  • All participants must refrain from touching other participants in any way, unless they are from the same household, including shaking hands prior to and following the round.
  • Participants must not touch, handle, or share each other’s equipment.
  • Participants should wash hands as frequently as possible and bring hand sanitizer to use during the round.
  • Athletes should tell coaches immediately when they are not feeling well.
  • Schools hosting events should consider having sanitizer and disinfectant in the pit area.
  • Masks – Players must wear masks at all times. There is no prohibition on the color of the mask.
    • Any mask modification requests, due to a documented medical condition, must come through an Accommodation Request through the IHSA School Center.
  • Hand sanitizer and/or sanitizing wipes – Players are encouraged to provide their own hand sanitizer and/or sanitizing wipes, but coaches must have sanitizer available at practices and competitions.
  • It is recommended to use hand sanitizer before and after each game and when going out to, and coming in from, different areas of the house. Additionally, emphasize to all to avoid touching their face.

Requirements and Considerations for Parents:

  • Make sure your child and immediate household members are free from illness before participating in practice and competition (if there is any doubt, stay home).
  • Provide personal items for your child and clearly label them.
  • Help make sure that your child is washing/cleaning clothing and personal items after each use.
  • Know facility/venue limitations on capacity/attendance prior to attending an event.  Always maintain social distance and wear a face covering while in attendance at an event.

Hydration:

· All students shall bring their own water bottle. Water bottles must not be shared.

· Hydration stations (water cows, water trough, water fountains, etc.) should NOT be utilized.

Transportation:

  • For transportation to and from extracurricular events, schools may adhere to the same guidance provided by ISBE regarding transporting students to and from school.   

Eating and drinking:

  • Ensure 6 foot distance whenever athletes are eating or drinking.
  • Replace face coverings immediately after eating or drinking.

Resources:

IHSA RETURN TO ACTIVITIES 2.0: https://www.ihsa.org/documents/CovidGuidelines/Return%20to%20Activities%202.0.pdf

GUIDANCE: http://dph.illinois.gov/covid19/community-guidance/sports-safety-guidance

 IDPH COVID-19 REGION MAPS: https://documentcloud.adobe.com/link/track?uri=urn:aaid:scds:US:37ae0de3-609b-4853-8622-b3b9c6d41781

DCEO Bowling Guidelines: https://dceocovid19resources.com/assets/Restore-Illinois/businessguidelines4/bowling.pdf

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IHSA COVID Competitive Cheer Guidelines 2020-21

This document is intended to provide guidance for schools conducting competitive practices, hosting competitions live or virtual asynchronous and synchronous during the 2020-2021 IHSA competitive Cheerleading season. The guidelines explained in this document are intended to decrease potential exposure to respiratory droplets and potential for illness through safe practices such as social distancing, proper hygiene, and appropriate protective equipment.  This is not an exhaustive list, and school officials may take additional measures based on requirements set forth by their school district and/or local health officials.  Please understand that even with this guidance, there is still risk of transmitting illness at events such as cheer practices and competitions. Additionally, with the changing nature of the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, these guidelines may change. http://www.dph.illinois.gov/covid19/community-guidance/sports-safety-guidance 

Modified Season:

  • On January 28, 2021, the IHSA Board of Directors modified the IHSA Competitive Cheer season along with all other sport seasons in response to the circumstances surrounding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The modified IHSA Competitive Cheer season is as follows:
    • Season:  Starting immediately, competitive cheer tryouts and practice may begin
    • First Contest:  May be held 7 days from the start of a team’s first practice
    • Competitive Cheer Entries:  Entries are Open from 1/28/21 - 2/5/21
      • Note:  Schools will be invoiced a $100. entry fee
    • Withdrawal without $ penalty:  2/12/21
    • List of Participants Due to IHSA: 2/12/21-3/1/21 
    • Virtual Sectionals:  3/6/21 – *Video upload 3/4/21
    • Virtual State:  3/13/21 – *Video upload 3/11/21
      • *Specific direction and details regarding competition video upload will be sent to entered teams before 3/1/21
    • End of Season:  3/13/21

  • Currently, the State Series events are Virtual to ensure that the events can be conducted safely and in accordance with the Governor’s Restore Illinois Guidelines. 
  • The competitive cheerleading menu page on IHSA.org will feature additional specific post season contest information if applicable.  Additionally, addendums to the terms and conditions will be posted on that site as well. 
  • Currently, per IDPH guidelines, competition is limited to the allowances provided by IDPH mitigations.  https://www.ihsa.org/Resources/COVID-19

COVID-19 Health Regions: 

https://documentcloud.adobe.com/link/track?uri=urn:aaid:scds:US:37ae0de3-609b-4853-8622-b3b9c6d41781

For IHSA Competitive Cheer Low Risk Classification, the following Sideline Spirit Mitigations must be followed for Sideline and Competitive Cheer:

Competitive Cheer - Minimize contact between participants by maintaining at least 6 feet of distancing on the floor during routines, including when changing formations, and by prohibiting lifts, stunts, pyramids, and tosses as well as shared equipment (e.g., signs, flags, poms)

http://dph.illinois.gov/sites/default/files/All%20Sports%20Policy%20-%20Updated%20Jan.%2021%2C%202021.pdf

To comply with the IDPH Mitigation plan for Cheer to be Low Risk, the current IHSA scoresheet can be used omitting Pyramids/Tosses and Partner Stunts.  Those areas will automatically receive 10 points so the tech scoresheets proportions are not disrupted.   https://www.ihsa.org/documents/chc/Scoresheet.pdf

Routines will consist of the typical 3-minute performance time with 2-minutes allowed for music.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There will be no penalties for masks or social distancing.  Like uniforms, face coverings must be school approved.   Under the current IDPH mitigations, social distancing of 6-feet and face coverings for student-athletes must be adhered to at all times.  The intent of this statement (There will be no penalties for masks or social distancing. Like uniforms, face coverings must be school approved.)  is for the unintended situation where an athlete might bump into another athlete or a face covering slips below the nose/off the mouth during the performance.  Choreography should ensure social distancing can be met throughout the performance.

Additionally, schools can also conduct a Game Day division that would include a band chant, situational sideline, crowd leading cheer and fight song – following Varsity/UCA guidelines https://www.varsity.com/uca/school/competitions/game-day/ – excluding:  participant contact-stunts) for invitational contests. Please NOTE:  Philosophy of Game Day - Game Day is intended for schools that currently do not compete but will have a modified sideline SPIRIT season due to COVID-19. 

 

Game Day Information Contact:  JGraham@varsity.com – 806-290-1849

Requirements and Considerations

In-Person (Live Event) If allowed by local COVID-19 regions

General Guidelines

  • All guidelines of IHSA Return to Play Phase 4 must be followed. 
  • Local school districts COVID-19 policies and procedures may be followed.
  • Competition Capacity – A cheerleading team, coaches, judges, competition personnel, athletic trainer(s), and contest managers, are allowed to be combined inside of a given area (i.e. gymnasiums, field houses, all-purpose rooms).
  • Spectators - If competition hosts allow spectators, they must always wear masks and maintain 6-feet social distancing throughout the entire event as outlined above and in the IHSA Return to Play Phase 4 Guidelines and IDPH guidance and are limited as part of the allowed 50 individuals throughout the entire event as outlined above and in the IHSA Return to Play Phase 4 Guidelines and IDPH guidance. NOTE:  Some sites may not permit spectators.   
  • Social distancing between individuals of at least 6 feet must always be maintained.    Handshakes, hugs, fist bumps, etc. are prohibited.
  • Small events are most effective in maintaining fewer competitors, school personnel, officials, and spectators.  Smaller invitational events make it easier to space out competitors to ensure for appropriate social distancing.  Small contests must adhere to the event capacity guidelines outlined in IHSA Return to Play Phase 4, IDPH as well as those outlined in this document.
  • Hosts can have multiple waves at an invitational provided the waves are completely spaced out so that they do not intermingle or wait in common areas.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and meet equipment.
  • Have sanitation materials (disinfecting wipes, sprays, hand sanitizer, etc.) in prime locations for attendees.

General Practice Requirements and Considerations for Coaches:

  • Coaches must wear face coverings at all practices and competitions.
  • Always require use of facial coverings on students.
  • Communicate practice and all competition guidelines and COVID-19 safety protocols in a clear manner to student participants and their parents. 
  • For live practices, consider conducting workouts in “pods” of same students who are always training and rotating together.  This will ensure more limited exposure if someone develops an infection. 
  • Keep accurate records of those athletes and staff who attend each practice in case contact tracing is needed. 
  • Always have a plan to maintain social distancing amongst the team and coaching staff. 
  • Educate student athletes on proper hygiene techniques:  hand washing and sanitation.
  • Following IDPH guidance, coaches can spot tumbling.    
  • If possible, electronic, or virtual team meetings are encouraged.

Requirements and Considerations for Host Managers:

Prior to the Event

  • Host can use Tourney wire – an online scoring platform:   https://www.tourneywire.com/cheer-index.php
  • Email all event information in advance to participating schools or host virtual coaches’ meetings to disseminate contest information in lieu of traditional in-person coaches’ meeting.
    • Electronic or virtual meetings are encouraged if possible.
    • If live meetings occur, utilize methods to keep coaches socially distanced during live coaches’ meetings.  Eliminate or minimize the use of handouts/paper.
    • Face coverings for all contest personnel, contest officials and coaches are required at live coaches’ meetings.   
    • If a live meeting is being conducted, coaches/directors must still have the option to attend virtually if they are not comfortable meeting in person.    

Arrival/Warm-Up

  • Establish firm arrival times for participants.  Participants who arrive early must stay in their vehicle until the appointed time.  Hosts may designate a home room waiting area for participants, so student athletes do not have to wait on the bus longer than necessary and are not congregating in the open areas.
  • Warm-up Spaces - For invitationals, auxiliary spaces (i.e. gymnasiums, field houses, all-purpose rooms, etc.) can be used as holding areas for student participants, meet personnel, spectators, etc. as long as all auxiliary spaces allow for social distancing and are kept at 50 people or less.

Competition

  • Competition Rotation - Once one group of student-athletes, coaches, competition personnel, spectators, and media for a combined total of 50 people completely vacate a space, once sanitized, a new group of 50 can occupy that area.  Time schedules should be spaced to reflect the necessary time to take the appropriate COVID-19 sanitation procedures in these areas.                                                                                                                                         
  • Awards - Live awards ceremonies should not be conducted.  Consider using an online platform for leader boards, results, and awards announcements.            
  • Streaming – Competitions can be streamed.  Schools may use their preferred streaming service.  It is the responsibility of the host and the competing schools to secure all appropriate copyrights necessary for streaming and performing.  The Association is not responsible for copyright.  For additional information on streaming contact the NFHS Network - https://www.nfhsnetwork.com/ - customersupport@nfhsnetwork.com or mkoski@nfhsnetwork.com

Requirements and Considerations for Coaches at Events:        

  • Coaches are responsible for educating all attendees and ensuring social distancing is maintained between student athletes. This means additional spacing between student athletes while competing, coaching, or changing locations so that student athletes remain spaced out, and no congregating of student athletes occur.  Always have a plan to maintain social distancing amongst the team and coaching staff. 
  • Require student athletes to arrive at the competition venue already in competitive attire. 

Requirements and Consideration for Officials:

  • Communicate the format and protocols in the officials’ contracts.                           
  • Adjustments to the number of cheer officials may be made due to the size of the competition and the COVID-19 mitigation protocols (i.e.:  Number of tech. officials due to no stunting, tosses, pyramids).
  • Face coverings are always required.
  • Officials should be spaced 6-feet apart.
  • Officials should bring personal items such as ink pens, tissue, hand sanitizer, etc. and wash hands frequently.  Refrain from shaking hands. 
  • Do not share equipment.
  • Follow social distancing guidelines.
    • Communication with coaches, participants, invitational managers, or other judges must be done at the appropriate social distance.                    

Transportation:                                                                                                                          

  • Follow ISBE Guidelines.  For transportation to events, schools must consider social distancing requirements. Social distancing (as required by state or local health department) will need to be maintained on all transportation.  If a team must return to the bus, there needs to be distancing for possible prolonged periods.  Masks must always be worn while on the bus.

Eating and Drinking:

  • Ask student athletes to bring their own water and have their own plan for retrieving water after competition.  
  • Ensure 6-feet of distance whenever student athletes are eating or drinking.
  • Replace face coverings immediately after eating or drinking.                                                          

Virtual Contest - Synchronous and Asynchronous

General Virtual Guidelines

Synchronous - Virtual competition occurring at the same time (like a live event where teams log in to perform at a specified time). 

Asynchronous - Virtual competitions where teams performances are pre-recorded and submitted at a specified time. 

Schools can elect to conduct and/or compete in synchronous and asynchronous virtual competitions. Virtual contests can be conducted with school from across the state.  

Hosts can determine the platforms and technology standards that they wish to conduct their competition.  Some online platforms may include but are not limited to:  NFHS Network, Zoom, Google Meet, Google Hangouts, Microsoft Teams, and/or YouTube, Google Drive, Dropbox etc.… to name a few.  Hybrids of both synchronous and asynchronous competitions may also occur.     

Host schools can utilize panels of cheer officials/judges as they deem necessary for their specific platform.  Multiple panels can be used virtually based on the size of the competition.  

Below is a sample of an asynchronous prerecorded contest:

Individual contest hosts can establish a timeline for their invitational. As an option:  hosts can establish a “keyword” for their contest. Keywords may be used at beginning and end of the video to ensure a “live” performance.  Below is a sample.

*To avoid concerns about team members in quarantine or out due to COVID-19, keywords can be omitted. 

Sample Virtual Asynchronous Timeline:  Note:  Dependent on the Size of the Competition

  • Friday 3:00pm - Contest hosts email competing teams a keyword. 
  • Friday 3:30pm - 5:30pm Teams must hold the key word on the screen and then immediately record their routine.
  • Friday 5:30pm - All routines submitted into a Google Drive folder or alternative platform.
  • Saturday 9:00am - Judges will begin scoring virtually (from their homes or from the host school (masked and socially distanced if from the host school site).
  • Saturday - Competition host can combine all videos into a YouTube Live or Zoom Link platform.  All competition videos can be shown through a school’s choice of platform:  YouTube Live, Zoom, NFHS Network, etc.…
  • Invite hosts can utilize announcers and add additional audience features.
  • 5:00pm – Virtually announce awards.

Sample Virtual Synchronous Timeline:  Note:  Dependent on the Size of the Competition

  • Friday 3:00pm - Contest host sends out competition times and links for live synchronous performances.  
  • Saturday 9:00am - Judges will begin scoring virtually (from their homes or from the host school, masked and socially distanced if from the host school site).
  • Saturday - Competition host can combine all videos into a YouTube Live or Zoom Link platform to publish for all competing schools. Designate a time where all competition videos can be shown through a school’s choice of platform:  YouTube Live, Zoom, NFHS Network, etc.…
  • Invite hosts can utilize announcers and add additional audience features.
  • 5:00pm – Virtually announce awards.

NOTE:  Flexibility and contingency plans need to be made to deal with technology issues. 

Virtual Competition Guidelines – Suggested Standards and Norms

  • Filming should be on an iPhone, iPad, or basic video camera. 
  • No professional cameras or operators can be used.  
  • Video must be taken full front from a team’s high school gym with appropriate matting.
  • No special lighting can be used.  Full house lighting must be used.
  • Video should be taken elevated so formations can be visible to the judges.
  • Video should not be edited, cut, or altered in any way.  Multiple videos and camera angles cannot be edited together.  No sound editing can occur.   Entries must be one unedited recording from start to finish.
  • No special effects can be added. No side or back angles should be on the videotape.
  • No fans or piped in fan cheers can be added. 
  • Fans/spectators cannot be present during the recording.
  • If used, keyword must be visible at beginning and end of the video.

Virtual Officiating/Judging

  • Tourney wire online scoring platform can be used. https://www.tourneywire.com/cheer-index.php
  • Varsity TV platform may also be used – The IHSA scoresheet can be uploaded into this platform.                                                               
  • Judges can score from home or the contest site.  Contest managers need to clearly communicate the expectations to the judges via their contract.
  • Judges will access the videos from the platform indicated by the competition host.
  • If the judges officiate virtually (remotely/from home), the head officials should conduct a virtual meeting to review the contest protocols with the host and contest officials.  Officials are expected to virtually collaborate on scores and deductions as a team - as typically done at contests.
  • It is It is at the discretion of local competition management/rules if judges should only watch a video once. (*This includes the tech judge(s).
     
  • It is recommended that contest hosts give officials at least 24 hours to critique and score the virtual contest from home before announcing their awards if officials will not be gathering to score at the host school.
  • In the event the virtual contest is “live scored”, it is recommended that an appropriate time allotment shall be given between each “live scoring” virtual performance.  
  • Contest hosts can collaborate with the head judge to confirm contest results.  
  • Judges must not share routine video.

General Requirements and Considerations for Student Athletes:

  • Student athletes should be responsible for their own supplies such as a water bottle.
  • Students should wear their own appropriate practice clothing and not share clothing or uniforms with anyone.  All equipment and attire should be washed immediately upon returning home. 
  • Hand washing and the use of hand sanitizer should be frequent at all practices and competitions.
  • Athletes should tell coaches immediately when they are not feeling well.
  • Face coverings are always required. 

General Requirements and Considerations for Parents:

  • Make sure student athletes and immediate household members are free from illness before participating in practice and competition (if there is any doubt, stay home).
  • Provide clearly labeled personal items for student athletes.
  • Help make sure that the student athlete is washing/cleaning clothing and personal items after each use. 
  • Know facility/venue limitations on capacity/attendance prior to attending a competition.  Always maintain social distance and wear a face covering while in attendance at an event.

Questions:

  • Questions may be addressed to IHSA Cheer Administrator, Susie Knoblauch (sknoblauch@ihsa.org).

Resources:

IDPH Sport Safety Guidance

IDPH COVID-19 EMS-Regions Map

IHSA COVID-19 Information

USA Cheer 

Game Day - Carrie Nichols - Varsity Spirit Cheer - Illinois State Director - 636.357.3049 - cnichols@varsity.com and JGraham@varsity.com – 806-290-1849

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IHSA 2020-21 COMPETITIVE DANCE CONSIDERATIONS

This document is intended to provide guidance for schools conducting competitive practices, hosting invitationals and virtual competitions during the 2020-2021 IHSA Competitive Dance season.  The guidelines explained in this document are intended to decrease potential exposure to respiratory droplets and potential for illness through safe practices such as social distancing, proper hygiene, and appropriate protective equipment.  This is not an exhaustive list, and school officials may take additional measures based on requirements set forth by their school district and/or local health officials.  Please understand that even with this guidance, there is still risk of transmitting illness at events such as dance practices and competitions. Additionally, with the changing nature of the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, these guidelines may change.

Modified Season:

  • On January 28, 2021, the IHSA Board of Directions modified the IHSA Competitive Dance season along with other sports seasons in response to the circumstances surrounding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The modified competitive dance season is as follows:
    • Season – starting immediately, competitive dance tryouts may take place and practice may begin
    • First Contest- May be held 7 days from the start of a team’s first practice
    • Competitive Dance Entry into IHSA State Series- Entries are open from 1/28/2021-2/5/2021 (Note- schools will be invoiced a $100 entry fee
    • List of Participants- Due to IHSA- 2/19/2021
    • Virtual Sectionals; 2/27 *video uploaded by 2/23
    • Virtual State Final- 3/6 *video upload by 3/2
      • Specific direction and details regarding competition video upload will be sent to entered teams before 2/19/21
    • End of Season-3/13/21
  • Currently, State Series events are Virtual to ensure that the events can be conducted safely and in accordance with the Governor’s Restore Illinois Guidelines. 
  • Competitive Dance Teams still must follow IHSA By-law 5.352 Contest Limitation and are limited to participating in no more than six (6) dates (both virtual and in-person count toward the six) exclusive of the State Series.

 

2020-2021 IHSA Dance Rules Requirements/Considerations per IDPH

  • Dancer to dancer contact will not be allowed.
  •  Lifts, Stunts and Partner Stunts will not be allowed. (NFHS Rules 4-2 through 4-7) (These skills can be conducted in practices if your school is in Phase 4, lifts, stunts and partner skills will be allowed during practice but not be allowed in IHSA competitive routines)
  • Participants should be appropriately spaced on the floor to ensure proper social distancing, 6-ft apart. When changing formations social distancing (6-ft.) apart must be followed.
  • Masks must be worn, at all times, including while performing.
  • If poms are used, they cannot be shared among dancers.

 

Dance Covid-19 Deductions-Officials will not be taking technical deductions for improper social distancing or masks. Coaches are responsible for all team members wearing face coverings. However, if team does perform a skill in the NFHS Rules Book 4-2 through 4-7 lifts, stunts or a partner skill during competition a 5-pt. major NFHS rule infraction violation will be taken.

In- Person Requirements and Considerations for Contest Hosts and Invitational Managers. 

  • All guidelines of IHSA Return to Play Phase 4 must be adhered.
  • Competition Capacity – Dancers, coaches, judges, competition personnel, spectators, and media are restricted to a combined total of 50 people inside of a (i.e. gymnasiums, field houses, all-purpose rooms).
  • Pre-contest Meeting
    • Consider using methods to keep coaches socially distanced during coaches’ meetings.
    • Electronic or virtual meetings are encouraged when possible even a day before the competition.
    • Face coverings for all officials and coaches are required at pre-meet coaches’ meetings.   
  • Spectators – If meet hosts allow spectators, they must wear facial coverings and always maintain 6-ft.  social distancing and are counted as part of the allowed 50 individuals permitted in each area. 
  • Warm-up Spaces – For invitationals, auxiliary spaces (i.e. gymnasiums, field houses, all-purpose rooms, etc.) can be used as holding areas for student participants, meet personnel, spectators, etc. as long as all auxiliary spaces allow for social distancing and are kept at 50 people or less.
  • Competition Rotation - Once one group of dancers, coaches, competition personnel, spectators, and media for a combined total of 50 people completely vacate the warm-up space or performance area a new group of 50 can occupy that area.  Time schedules should be spaced with minimum of 10 minutes between routines.
  • Invited Team(s) - Per IDPH guidelines, competition is limited to intra-conference or intra-EMS-region (see IDPH COVID EMS-Region map link below in resources). Small events make it easier to space those in attendance to the appropriate social distancing. Small events must adhere to the event capacity guidelines outlined in IHSA Return to Play Phase 4.
  • Locker Rooms- should be used as little as possible.  Dancers should wear costumes to competitions to limit use of locker rooms. 
  • Awards:
    • Avoid meet protocols that cause coaches, participants, and spectators to congregate closely together (results boards, awards ceremonies, water stations, etc.). 
      • Consider using an online platform for results and awards announcements.
      • Ask athletes to bring their own water and have their own plan for retrieving their water after competition.  
  • Transportation - Follow ISBE Guidelines.  For transportation to events, schools must consider social distancing requirements when scheduling contests and events. Social distancing (as required by state or local health department) will need to be maintained on buses/vans. Thus, multiple buses/vans and/or parental/guardian transportation could likely be needed.
  • Sanitation: Have sanitation materials (disinfecting wipes, sprays, hand sanitizer, etc.) in prime locations for host personnel to clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and meet equipment.

Guidelines and Considerations Virtual Contest

Small Invites - Schools are encouraged to keep virtual invites small (30 teams or less) while the concept is new and school technology platforms will vary. Times below can be adjusted depending on the size of invite.   Host schools can use 2 panels of officials depending on the size of the competition.

Timeline - Individual contest hosts will establish a timeline for their invitational. Below is a sample.

Timeline (Proposed):

3:00pm -Friday- Contest hosts emails competing teams a keyword (if a keyword is going to be used.)

3:30pm- 5:30pm -Friday- Teams must hold the key word on the screen and then immediately film their routine. (Timeframes for uploading videos can expanded by the host school and keywords do not have to be used).

5:30pm- Friday-All routines submitted into a google drive folder or alternative platform.

9:00am - Saturday - Judges will begin scoring (from the host school 6-ft apart socially distanced. This will need to be communicated in official contracts). If judges are scoring from home, additional time should be allowed.

11:00am-3:00pm - Competition host will combine all videos into a YouTube Live or Zoom.

6:00pm- Saturday- all videos will be shown through a school’s choice platform:  YouTube Live, Zoom, Big Marker, NFHS Network, etc.. Invite hosts can enable chat, utilize an announcer add additional audience features.

7:30pm- Awards Ceremony

Virtual Competition Guidelines

  • Video must be taken from a team’s high school gym with a wood floor
  • Full house lighting
  • All four corners of the gym and standard out of bounds markings must be shown in the video
  • Filming must be from center court
  • Video should be taken 10-20 bleachers elevated so all formations can be visible to the judges
  • Video should not be cut or altered in any way.  Teams may put their audio file over the video (especially if they are sharing the gym with other sports and music will be challenging to hear), but they may NOT edit their video in any other way or put multiple videos together. Any editing with more than one video of their competition routine compiled together, will be disqualified from the competition. Entries must be one video from start to finish.
  • Filming should be on an iPhone or basic camera. 
  • No professional cameras or operators can be used.  
  • No fans for taping.
  • If keywords are used, the keyword must be visible at beginning and end of the video.
  • Keywords are not required. Time frames for uploading videos can expanded by the host school.

Judging

  • Judges can score from home or the contest site.  Contest managers will need to clearly communicate the expectations to the judges via their contact.
  • If the judges officiate from their home, they will be required to:
    • Attend a zoom meeting setup by their head official.
    • The Zoom meeting must be within the allowed time frame given by the contest host.
    • Officials are expected to collaborate on scores and deductions as a team
  • Judges will access the videos from the platform indicated by the competition host.
  • Judges can only watch a video once. *this includes the tech judge.
  • Judges can utilize TourneyWire. 
  • It is recommended that contest hosts give officials at least 24 hours to critique and score the virtual contest from home before announcing their awards if officials will not be gathering to score at the host school.
  • In the event the virtual contest is live scored, a minimum of 10 minutes between each live virtual performance is recommended.
  • Contest hosts can request the head judge to be in a zoom meeting with the host school to confirm contest results.  
  • Judges must sign an agreement that they will not share the routines with anyone.

Requirements and Considerations for Coaches:

  • Communicate practice and all competition guidelines in a clear manner to student participants and their parents. 
  • For practices, consider conducting workouts in “pods” of same students who are always training and rotating together.  This will ensure more limited exposure if someone develops an infection. 
  • Keep accurate records of those athletes and staff who attend each practice in case contact tracing is needed. 
  • Always have a plan to maintain social distancing amongst your team and coaching staff.
  • Always require use of facial coverings.
  • Require athletes to arrive at the competition venue already in competitive attire.  If locker rooms must be used, ensure athletes can maintain social distancing. 
  • It is recommended to always have sanitation materials available (i.e. hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, etc.) for the team and coaching staff.
  • Educate your student athletes on proper hand washing and sanitation.
  • Coaches should wear face coverings at all practices and meets.  

Requirements and Consideration for Officials:

  • Face coverings are always required.
  • Officials should be spaced 6ft apart.
  • Bring personal hand sanitizer and wash your hands frequently.
  • Do not share equipment.
  • Follow social distancing guidelines
    • Communication with coaches, participants, invitational managers, or other judges must be done at the appropriate social distance. 
  • Refrain from shaking hands.

Requirements and Considerations for Student Athletes:

  • Face coverings are always required.
  • Student athletes should be responsible for their own supplies such as a water bottle.
  • Students should wear their own appropriate practice clothing and not share clothing or costumes with anyone.  All equipment and attire should be washed immediately upon returning home. 
  • Hand washing and the use of hand sanitizer should be frequent at all contests and practices.
  • Athletes should tell coaches immediately when they are not feeling well.

Requirements and Considerations for Parents:

  • Make sure your dancer and immediate household members are free from illness before participating in practice and competition (if there is any doubt, stay home).
  • Provide personal items for your dancer and clearly label them.
  • Help make sure that your dancer is washing/cleaning clothing and personal items after each use. 
  • Know facility/venue limitations on capacity/attendance prior to attending a competition.  Always maintain social distance and wear a face covering while in attendance at an event.

Eating and drinking:

  • Ensure 6- ft distance whenever athletes are eating or drinking.
  • Replace face coverings immediately after eating or drinking.

Questions:

  • Questions may be addressed to IHSA Dance Administrator, Tracie Henry (thenry@ihsa.org).

 Resources:
IHSA Return to Activities 1.0 - https://documentcloud.adobe.com/link/track?uri=urn:aaid:scds:US:33115455-89ef-4f93-bdc7-86bbf7a6fd7d

IDPH Sport Safety Guidance - http://dph.illinois.gov/covid19/community-guidance/sports-safety-guidance

IDPH COVID-19 EMS-Regions Map - https://documentcloud.adobe.com/link/track?uri=urn:aaid:scds:US:37ae0de3-609b-4853-8622-b3b9c6d41781

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IHSA 2020-21 GIRLS GYMNASTICS CONSIDERATIONS

This document is intended to provide guidance for schools conducting practices and competitions during the 2020-2021 IHSA Girls Gymnastics season.  The guidelines explained in this document are intended to decrease potential exposure to respiratory droplets and potential for illness through safe practices such as social distancing, proper hygiene, and appropriate protective equipment.  This is not an exhaustive list, and school officials may take additional measures based on requirements set forth by their school district and/or local health officials.  Please understand that even with this guidance, there is still risk of transmitting illness at events such as gymnastics practices and competitions. Additionally, with the changing nature of the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, these guidelines may change.

Modified Season:

  • On July 29, the IHSA Board of Directors modified the IHSA Girls Gymnastics season along with all other sport seasons in response to the circumstances surrounding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The modified competitive girls’ gymnastics season is as follows:
    • November 16 – Girls Gymnastics Tryouts May Take Place and Practice May Begin
    • November 30 – First Contest May be Held
    • February 13 – End of Season (with or without a State Series)
  • Currently, State Series events are To Be Determined. The IHSA will make every effort to conduct some form of State Series event and will announce decisions related to this as they become available. 
  • It is recommended to keep February 1-4 as open dates on your schedules for the purpose of a potential date for some form of State Series event.
  • Girls Gymnastics Teams still must follow IHSA By-law 3.054 Participation Limitations and are required to engage in at least six (6) dates to participate in a team competition in Association- sponsored meets. If a team will not meet the requirement of (6) dates they will need to appeal to IHSA Craig Anderson (canderson@ihsa.org) for an exemption.


In- Person Requirements and Considerations for Contest Hosts

  • All guidelines of IHSA Return to Play Phase 4 must be adhered.
  • Competition Capacity – Gymnastics, coaches, judges, competition personnel, and media are restricted to a combined total of 50 people inside  (i.e. gymnasiums, field houses, all-purpose rooms).
  • Pre-contest Meeting
    • Consider using methods to keep coaches socially distanced during coaches’ meetings.
    • Electronic or virtual meetings are encouraged when possible even a day before the competition.
    • Face coverings for all officials and coaches are required at pre-meet coaches’ meetings.   
  • Spectators – If competition hosts allow spectators, they must always wear masks and maintain 6-feet social distancing throughout the entire event as outlined above and in the IHSA Return to Play Phase 4 Guidelines and IDPH guidance and are counted as part of the 50 individuals throughout the entire event as outlined above and in the IHSA Return to Play Phase 4 Guidelines and IDPH guidance. NOTE: Some sites may not permit spectators.
  • Warm-up Spaces – For meets auxiliary spaces (i.e. gymnasiums, field houses, all-purpose rooms, etc.) can be used as holding areas for gymnasts, meet personnel, spectators, etc. as long as all auxiliary spaces allow for social distancing and are kept at 50 people or less.  Remove chalk bowls from common areas, athletes are required to supply their own.
  • Competition Gym- Gymnasts, coaches, competition personnel, and media for a combined total of 50 people. Remove chalk bowls from common areas, athletes are required to supply their own.
  • Timers- Can be gymnasts not competing on an event to reduce the number of people in a space.
  • Invited Team(s) - Peer IDPH guidelines, competition is limited to intra-conference or intra-EMS-region (See IDPH COVID EMS-Region Map link below in resources).  Small events make it easier to space those in attendance to the appropriate social distancing.  Small events must adhere to the event capacity guidelines outlined in IHSA Return to Play Phase 4.
  • Locker Rooms- Should be used as little as possible.  Gymnastics should wear competition attire to competitions to limit use of locker rooms. 
  • Awards-
    • Avoid meet protocols that cause coaches, participants, and spectators to congregate closely together (results boards, awards ceremonies, water stations, chalk bowls, etc.). 
      • Consider using an online platform for results and awards announcements.
      • Ask athletes to bring their own water and have their own plan for retrieving their water after competition.  
  • Transportation - For transportation to and from extracurricular events, schools may adhere to the same guidance provided by ISBE regarding transporting students to and from school.   
  • Sanitation: Have sanitation materials (disinfecting wipes, sprays, hand sanitizer, etc.) in prime locations. Follow manufacture protocol to disinfect apparatuses. (See resource links below)

Virtual Requirements and Considerations for Contest Hosts

Requirements and Considerations for Coaches:

  • Face coverings are always required.
  • Communicate practice and all competition guidelines in a clear manner to student participants and their parents. 
  • Consider conducting workouts in “pods” of same students always training and rotating together on apparatus
  • Keep accurate records of those athletes and staff who attend each practice in case contact tracing is needed. 
  • Always have a plan to maintain social distancing amongst your team and coaching staff.
  • Athlete safety is paramount, and coaches should not be restricted from spotting an athlete if necessary, to protect the athlete from injury.
  • Expectations regarding spotting or alternative teaching/coaching methods should be clearly communicated repeatedly during practice.
  • Require athletes to arrive at the competition venue already in competitive attire.  If locker rooms must be used, ensure athletes can maintain social distancing. 
  • It is recommended to always have sanitation materials available (i.e. hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, etc.) for the team and coaching staff.
  • Educate your student athletes on proper hand washing and sanitation.
  • Coaches should wear face coverings at all practices and meets.  
  • Follow CDC and IHDP guidelines regarding social distancing.
  • Follow the CDC and IDPH guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting the building.
  • Follow manufacture protocol to disinfect apparatuses. (See resource links below)

Requirements and Consideration for Officials/Judges:

  • Communicate the format and protocols in the officials’ contracts.
  • Face coverings are always required.
  • Officials should be spaced 6ft apart.
  • Bring personal hand sanitizer and wash your hands frequently.
  • Do not share equipment.
  • Follow social distancing guidelines
    • Communication with coaches, participants, invitational managers, or other judges must be done at the appropriate social distance. 
  • Refrain from shaking hands, hugs, fist bumps, etc.

Requirements and Considerations for Student Athletes:

  • Gymnasts are required to wear face coverings while in the facility and when moving from each apparatus, but not while participating on the equipment. 
    • Any mask modification requests, due to a documented medical condition, must come through an Accommodation Request through the IHSA School Center.
  • Student athletes should be responsible for their own supplies such as a water bottle.
  • Students should wear their own appropriate practice clothing and not share clothing or costumes with anyone.  All equipment and attire should be washed immediately upon returning home. 
  • No hugging, shaking hands, or fist bumps for support/encouragement.
  • Hand washing and the use of hand sanitizer should be frequent at all contests and practices.
  • Athletes should tell coaches immediately when they are not feeling well.
  • Athletes must supply their own personal chalk bag/bin.

Requirements and Considerations for Parents:

  • Make sure your gymnast and immediate household members are free from illness before participating in practice and competition (if there is any doubt, stay home).
  • Provide personal items for your gymnast and clearly label them.
    • Gym bag, water bottle, grips, tapes, pre-wrap, wrist guards, personal chalk bag etc. (See NFHS gym bag document linked below in resources)
    • Individual chalk bags, plastic bins, buckets or other storage containers should be used and stored in the athlete’s gym bag.
  • Help make sure that your gymnast is washing/cleaning clothing and personal items after each use. 

Eating and drinking:

  • Ensure 6- ft distance whenever athletes are eating or drinking.
  • Replace face coverings immediately after eating or drinking.

Questions:

  • Questions may be addressed to IHSA Gymnastics Administrator, Tracie Henry (thenry@ihsa.org).

Resources:

IHSA Return to Activities 2.0 - https://www.ihsa.org/documents/CovidGuidelines/Return%20to%20Activities%202.0.pdf

IDPH Sport Safety Guidance - http://dph.illinois.gov/covid19/community-guidance/sports-safety-guidance

IDPH COVID-19 EMS-Regions Map - https://documentcloud.adobe.com/link/track?uri=urn:aaid:scds:US:37ae0de3-609b-4853-8622-b3b9c6d41781

USA Gymnastics Cleaning Guide-

https://usagym.org/PDFs/About%20USA%20Gymnastics/covid/aai_cleaning.pdf

Spieth Equipment- https://usagym.org/PDFs/About%20USA%20Gymnastics/covid/spieth_cleaning.pdf

AAI Equipment-

    1. Cleaning tips: https://usagym.org/PDFs/About%20USA%20Gymnastics/covid/aai_cleaning.pdf
    2. Vinyl Mats and shapes: https://usagym.org/PDFs/About%20USA%20Gymnastics/covid/aai_vinyl.pdf\
    3. Suede Beams and Vaults : https://usagym.org/PDFs/About%20USA%20Gymnastics/covid/aai_suede.pdf

Gymnastics Gym Bag- https://www.ihsa.org/documents/gyg/NFHS%20Gym%20Bag.pdf

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IHSA 2020-21 SWIMMING & DIVING CONSIDERATIONS

This document is intended to provide guidance for schools conducting practices and hosting meets during the 2021 IHSA Swimming & Diving season.  The guidelines explained in this document are intended to decrease potential exposure to respiratory droplets and potential for illness through safe practices such as social distancing, proper hygiene, and appropriate protective equipment.  This is not an exhaustive list, and school officials may take additional measures based on requirements set forth by their school district and/or local health officials.  Please understand that even with this guidance, there is still risk of transmitting illness at events such as swimming & diving meets.  Additionally, with the changing nature of the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, these guidelines may change. 

 

Modified Season: 

  • On July 29, the IHSA Board of Directors modified the IHSA Swimming & Diving seasons along with all other sport seasons in response to the circumstances surrounding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The modified boys swimming & diving season is as follows: 

  • ASAP – Practice May Begin 

  • After 7 practice dates – First Contest May be Held 

  • March 13 – End of Season 

  • There will not be any level of a state series for the 2021 season 

General Requirements and Considerations: 

  • All guidelines of the most current IDPH All-Sports/DCEO Policy must be adhered to.   

  • Social distancing between individuals of at least 6 feet must be maintained when possible.  Handshakes, fist bumps, hugging, etc. are not permissible. 

  • Participants, Coaches, Officials & Meet Personnel – There is no limit to the number of participants, coaches, officials, and meet personnel at meets as long as social distancing can be maintained.  A host may restrict the number of people that fall in this category in order to maintain social distancing requirements.   

  • Spectators If social distancing permits, meet hosts may allow spectators as follows, in accordance with regional Tier/Phase mitigation levels: 

  • Phase 4 – 50 spectators  are allowed 

  • Tier 1 – 25 spectators are allowed 

  • Tier 2 – No spectators are allowed 

  • If meet hosts allow spectators, they must maintain 6 feet social distance when possible.  Facial coverings are required for indoor events.      

  • Small meets (i.e. duals) are most effective in maintaining safest practices during a pandemic.  Fewer competitors, school personnel, officials, and spectators make safety mitigations easier to manage.   

  • Multi-team Meets - If schools have scheduled large meets such as invitationals or anything larger than a dual, then again, hosts must ensure that ALL event attendees are held to the capacity guidelines outlined IDPH/DCEO All-Sports Policy as well as this document. 

  • Competition:  Per the IDPH/DCEO All-Sports Policy, competition with other schools is limited to the current Tier/Phase mitigation levels for your EMS Region.   

  • Phase 4/Tier 1 – Schools may engage in out of conference and out of EMS-region play.  Out of state play is also allowed.   

  • Tier 2 – Schools may engage in intra-conference, intra-EMS-region play; no out of conference/EMS-region or out of state play is permitted.   

  • Tier 3 – No competitive play permitted    

  • Auxiliary Spaces – For larger meets, auxiliary spaces (i.e. gymnasiums, field houses, all-purpose rooms, etc.) can be used as holding areas for student participants, meet personnel, spectators, etc. as long as all IDPH/DCEO All-Sports Policy capacity, social distancing, and facial covering procedures are followed.    

  • Transportation - For transportation to and from extracurricular events, schools may adhere to the same guidance provided by ISBE regarding transporting students to and from school.   

  • Practices - Since practices are solely intra-team, there can be more than one swimmer per lane for the purpose of intra-team training.  In order for this to occur, written parental consent must be provided to the school (See USA Swimming Link for ideas for practice layout). 

Requirements and Considerations for Meet Managers.   

  • Pool Facilities: 

  • Increase water sanitation level, i.e. keep chlorine closer to 2.0 PPM.   

  • Eliminate the use of low ventilated spaces and rooms that prevent social distancing, such as locker rooms and small dryland rooms.  Eliminate the use of lockers whenever possible. 

  • Watches, clip boards, and lap-counters should be sanitized after each use.  Touchpads should be sanitized periodically while out of the water.  Diving boards and backstroke flags should be sanitized periodically.   

  • On deck during meets – It is recommended that only essential personnel are permitted on the deck. These are defined as swimmers/divers, coaches, athletic trainers, lifeguards, officials, authorized timers, recorders, runners, and computer operators necessary to conduct competition. All others, i.e., team managers, videographers, media photographers, family members, non-competing students, etc. are considered non-essential personnel, and it is recommended that they remain in the gallery or team seating area (for non-competing teammates) while maintaining social distancing. 

  • Locker Rooms should be used as little as possible.  Athletes should wear swimming suits to practice and competitions to limit use of locker rooms.   

  • Relays: 

  • Per the IDPH/DCEO All-Sports Policy, there is no longer a restriction on conducting relay events.  Relay participants waiting to engage in competition must remain 6 feet apart and wear their facial covering.  They may remove their facial covering when it is their turn to step onto the starting platform to compete.   

  • Meet Entries: