IHSA cancels all spring tournaments due to coronavirus

MACOMB, IL (NEWS3) — High school athletes who hoped to return to the field this spring are now being told their season is over – before it even started.

The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) announced Tuesday all IHSA spring state tournaments will be cancelled due to the COVID-19 virus. This comes just a few days after the Illinois State board of Education’s decided students will complete the 2019-20 school term at home via online.

IHSA spring sports and activities, along with state tournaments, have been cancelled. This includes the following sports: girls badminton, boys gymnastics, bass fishing, boys and girls track & field, boys and girls water polo, girls soccer, boys tennis, boys & girls lacrosse, boys volleyball, baseball, and softball.

The IHSA Board of Directors also said summer contact days are suspended for this year, unless state government and medical leaders deem these types of gatherings are safe.

“Once it is determined safe to return, we will provide a detailed outline to our schools on the plan for summer contact days and possibly some kind of spring athletic events,” says IHSA Executive Director Craig Anderson. “Including if the number of days and dates that coaches can meet with athletes has been altered. At this point, though, all that is dependent upon state government and medical leaders giving the go ahead for such.”