September 2, 2020

IHSA Offers Guidance on Contact Days

Football will not be played in the fall for the Illinois High School Association (IHSA), but the state's high school governing body has offered guidance on "contact days" for high-risk sports like football. According to a report from WAND NBC-17, ...

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July 31, 2020

Fall Sports Updates for MHSAA, IHSA

Two state high school athletic organizations have announced decisions in its efforts to restart athletic activities safely — including moving the fall sports schedule to the springtime. On July 29, the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) rel...

July 15, 2020

IHSA Leaves Return-to-Play Guidelines Up to Other State Agencies

The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) released a statement earlier this week announcing that it will "defer to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), and the Governor's Office on all of its Re...

June 16, 2017

Illinois opts not to fund PED testing program for HS athletes

The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) will not fund its PED testing program during the upcoming school year, instead focusing its efforts on education and awareness. The IHSA's board of directors made the decision during its final meeting of...

October 5, 2016

Illinois reviews policies after criminal found umpiring games

Illinois may soon adopt a strict policy on background checks for sports officials after discovering that a sex offender has been working games for at least the last year. The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) and state lawmakers are both exa...

October 28, 2015

Judge dismisses concussions lawsuit against Illinois athletic association

An Illinois circuit court judge on Tuesday dismissed a class action lawsuit against the state's athletic association that sought new guidelines on how schools protect athletes from concussions. The lawsuit, filed on behalf of former high school fo...

June 16, 2015

Illinois approves contact restrictions for high school football

The Illinois High School Association has approved new rules beginning with the upcoming football season that will limit the number of hours and days each week that a team can have live contact during full-pad practices. During the season, teams wi...

June 3, 2015

More concussion lawsuits could be on the horizon

Illinois made headlines last year when its high school athletic association became the first to be hit with a lawsuit over head injuries. But comments from the plaintiff's attorney suggest more states could come under fire. The New York Times last...