IHSA Fall Sports

The IHSA announced major changes to the 2020-21 athletic season on July 29 with football, girls volleyball and boys soccer all moved to spring 2021. Cross-country, golf, swimming and diving and tennis will all be played this fall. Mt. Carmel's title defense, including senior QB Justin Lynch, will have to wait until February 21. (Review file photo)

The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) announced on July 29 its plan to significantly rearrange the 2020-21 athletic season due to the public health crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

While cross-country, golf, girls swimming and diving and girls tennis will play mostly as scheduled this fall, football, girls volleyball and boys soccer will all play their respective seasons in spring 2021.

“This plan, like nearly every aspect of our current lives, remains fluid,” IHSA Executive Director Craig Anderson said in a statement. “Changes may come, and if they do, we will be agile while putting safety and students first. It was important we provide a framework today for our student-athletes, coaches, administrators and officials to begin preparing for the 2020-21 school year.”

The fall sports (boys and girls golf, girls tennis, boys and girls cross-country and girls swimming and diving) can start practices on Aug. 10 as scheduled.

Fall sports will begin with competition limited to conference opponents and other schools in the same general geographical area.

Schools will be provided more details in the coming week about scheduling limits.

The condensed fall season will run Aug. 10 through Oct. 24 followed by the winter season (Nov. 16 to Feb. 13), spring (Feb. 15 to May 1) and summer (May 3 to June 26).

The winter sports include boys and girls basketball, wrestling, boys swimming and diving, cheerleading, dance, boys and girls bowling and gymnastics.

The fall sports moving to spring are football, boys soccer and girls volleyball.

They will join boys gymnastics, boys and girls water polo and girls badminton.

The summer sports include baseball, softball, boys and girls track and field, girls soccer, boys volleyball, boys and girls lacrosse and boys tennis.

A full story will appear in the Aug. 5 edition of The Beverly Review. Check back for updates.