WCIA — A lot can change in 24 hours.
The boys’ and girls’ basketball seasons seemed doubtful Tuesday after a surprise announcement from Gov. Pritzker changing it from a medium to high risk sport. IHSA executive director Craig Anderson said the announcement caught him by surprise. On Wednesday, the IHSA Board of Directors caught nearly everyone off guard, announcing it’s going against the Governor and IDPH, planning to start its season on time.
They cited students mental health, a shrinking calendar to fit the season in, and kids leaving the state to play elsewhere as reasons to have the season go on.
“That caught me off guard,” says Anderson. “I can’t say that I was caught off guard totally from their limits that they were establishing. We really need to do something that is student centered and gets these students back competing. And there are opinions we can do that safely.”
The first practice can take place Nov. 16, with the first games scheduled for Nov. 30. Players, coaches, and officials will have to wear masks during the game. A maximum of 50 people will be allowed in the gym at one time, with teams capped at a maximum of 31 games. It will be up to individual school districts on whether or not they will take part in the season.