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In late March, the Illinois State Superintendant of Schools announced that no IHSA member schools could practice or play games until March 30. Then, the deadline got extended to early April. Now, it is unknown how long it will be or if spring sports will resume. Some people have started to give up hope, and are dreading, but anticipating the announcement canceling all spring sports seasons. However, the IHSA is still trying to salvage the seasons and is considering extending the 2020 spring sports season.
“We are considering an extension of the spring sports season limitation to provide more participation opportunities for students,” IHSA Executive Director Craig Anderson said in a letter to IHSA member school administrators and spring sports coaches. “This may include movement of the post-season timelines and state series.”
If this extension were to happen, it would mean pushing post-season series, and possibly normal games, into what would normally be students’ summer breaks. This could have an effect on travel teams that are used to competing most months out of the summer.
“I’d be happy because I feel like our high school team could go really far. I also really like the girls on my travel team, so I would be a little bummed if I had to miss out on that,” said sophomore softball player Alexi Jones.
While this could provide hope for many spring sport athletes, especially seniors, this does not mean cancellation of spring sports seasons is off the table.
“I honestly don’t see it getting extended because of how much of the season we have missed,” said senior soccer player Hannah Reichert. “I do have hope though because I want to play my last soccer season with my team and have a lot of those senior moments.”
As with almost everything pertaining to COVID-19, the best thing we can do is wait and stay home. For updates from the IHSA, visit ihsa.org/default.aspx.