IESA cancels junior high fall sports

Special to The Prairie Press
Posted 7/27/20

The Illinois Elementary School Association (IESA) board of directors voted unanimously Thursday, July 23, to cancel fall sports for the 2020-2021 season.

There are no plans to reschedule the …

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IESA cancels junior high fall sports

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The Illinois Elementary School Association (IESA) board of directors voted unanimously Thursday, July 23, to cancel fall sports for the 2020-2021 season.

There are no plans to reschedule the activities or conduct them later in the school year in part due to if and when high schools in Illinois play their contests.

Junior high girls softball practice was scheduled to begin Monday with baseball and cross-country seasons starting Aug. 3. The board delayed any decision regarding girls basketball. The first day of practice for that sport is scheduled Aug. 31.

The board will meet again in late August to make the decision concerning girls basketball. Junior high boys basketball is played later in the school year, and it was not part of the discussions at this time.

"The decisions made by the IESA Board of Directors were by far the most difficult decisions I have ever witnessed the board make in my tenure with IESA,” IESA executive director Steve Endsley said in a prepared statement. “With there being so many unknowns regarding the re-opening of schools, the safety of the very students who participate in junior high and middle school activities was at the very center of the discussion.”