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IHSA discourages unofficial practices, stresses tentative nature of March 30 return

Coach Brian Aversa directs players while working on fielding drills during an indoor practice at Kaneland High School.
Coach Brian Aversa directs players while working on fielding drills during an indoor practice at Kaneland High School.

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The IHSA released a set of best practices regarding the COVID-19 pandemic to its website on Tuesday, discouraging any type of group workout until at least March 30.

The website said that national, state and local governments made it clear that limiting interaction is extremely important.

"The IHSA does not believe it is necessary or prudent for any number of students to gather for workouts, regardless of how those students gather or whether any IHSA rule is broken by said gathering. That includes informal/player-led practices or any type of instructional session."

And while it did discourage unofficial practices in the opening, it did say they were allowed as long as the school and coach are not organizing it.

Later in the site on a question and answer section, it stressed that March 30 remains a very tentative target date to resume spring sports.

"It is too early to say definitively that IHSA activities will resume on March 30. Coaches will ultimately need to work in conjunction with their local school administration, as some school districts may choose to be more restrictive in their decisions to return teams to practice or games."

The statement went on to indicate that before any decisions can be made regarding if or when the spring sports will continue, it will need to know when practices and games resume and under what conditions.

"If the March 30 deadline appears to be on-schedule in the coming days and weeks, we will communicate an appropriate plan on spring sports to our member schools. It is important to remember this is an unprecedented situation and will remain fluid. It is possible, for example, that schools may reopen at some point, but that other gatherings (like sports) may remain limited."

The site also reiterated that a student who plays a spring sport on a club or travel team cannot play in the same sport for the high school team. So competing for a club team during the closure would make them ineligible if and when the spring season picks back up.

It did indicate that a spring athlete can compete or practice in a fall or winter sport and not lose their spring eligibility.

The website also indicated no changes to individual lessons rules. Spring sport athletes can take personal lessons from their high school coach.

"Personal lessons are permitted throughout the school year and during the summer. The high school coach may provide personal lessons only if this is part of his/her livelihood and provided to students other than just those attending the high school where he/she coaches."

The site also said that personal lessons can be taught by non-school coaches, at a non-school site, without losing eligibility, but those lessons should be limited to two players from one high school in a single lesson.

It also said the IHSA will not grant extra eligibility if a student has to repeat a grade of eligibility. Students have eight semesters of eligibility that begin when they enter the ninth grade.

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