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Springfield, IL 62704

IESA Information for Girls Volleyball and Boys Basketball

January 2, 2021

Per Email from IESA to Member Schools:

We have received an official announcement from the Governor's Office that the state of Illinois remains in Tier 3 mitigations. As a result, all school activities remain "paused" and no practices or interscholastic contests may be held. Boys basketball practice which is scheduled to begin January 4 may not start on that date and I believe it is safe to assume that girls volleyball should be paused as well when it is scheduled to start January 11.

Given Illinois continues to remain in Tier 3 mitigations, this news is not totally unexpected. Yet, it is another setback to the safe return of interscholastic activities for IESA member schools. We will no longer establish new season dates for boys basketball and girls volleyball. As we have seen since mid-July, these sports which are considered medium risk and high risk are not going to be allowed to be held until they are moved to low risk and/or Illinois moves into Phase 5 of Restore Illinois. It would an effort in futility to once again set up arbitrary dates for these sports only to once again be told by the Governor's Office and IDPH that they cannot start on the dates IESA established. Rather than set new dates, which then requires the athletic director to re-schedule contests, find new officials, etc., we will await word from the Governor's Office and IDPH when activities will be allowed to resume. When that word is given, we will then convene a meeting of the IESA Board of Directors to decide our plan moving forward and immediately notify the IESA membership of the new schedule.

The other activities which have dates established are not changing at this point in time.  For instance, girls basketball is scheduled to start March 5. That date is not being changed as a result of this announcement. It is possible we will still be in Tier 3 on March 5 which will then necessitate a change. Or, maybe we will be allowed to play by March 5.  Who knows?  But it makes no sense to set new dates for boys basketball and girls volleyball without knowing what the future holds. Our hope is that we will still be able to conduct some type of season for all but one of our sports and activities. The only activity which has been officially cancelled is the chess competition. Nothing else has been cancelled.