COVID-19: IHSA bar set as Illinois labels Football ‘High Risk’ sport


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New guidance released by Gov. Pritzker and the State of Illinois on Wednesday set risk limits to various fall sports across the state, registering them as a high, medium or low risk sport.

  • Among higher risks sports labeled by the State of Illinois included Football, Wrestling, Boxing, Competitive Cheer, Competitive Dance, Hockey, Lacrosse, Martial Arts, Rugby, and Ultimate Frisbee.
  • Medium risk sports included Basketball, Fencing, Flag Football or 7v7 Football, Paintball, Racquetball, Soccer, Volleyball, Water Polo, and Wheelchair Basketball.
  • Lower risk sports included Archery, Badminton, Baseball, Bass Fishing, Bowling, Climbing, and Crew.

The new guidance pertains to all youth and adult recreational sports during the COVID-19 pandemic, including, but not limited to, school-based sports (IHSA & IESA), travel clubs, private leagues and clubs, recreational leagues and centers, and park district sports programs.

IHSA is expected to make an official announcement regarding the state of fall sports sometime after 2 pm today.


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