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IHSA Postpones The Start of Football, Soccer, and Volleyball Until February

Golf, Tennis, Girls Swimming, and Cross Country will start on time as originally scheduled.

Posted: Jul 30, 2020 8:05 PM

On Wednesday the Illinois High School Association made the decision to move certain fall sports until the winter season, which means that football, soccer, and volleyball will not take place until February 2021.

"My initial reaction was disappointed we couldn't play in the fall. But then we kinda saw that coming down the pipeline throughout the summer so really there were two alternatives, either cancel the season or push it back to the spring so obviously we're pleased with the alternative of pushing it back to the spring," said Fairfield Head Football Coach Justin Townsend.

"I'm just glad they did something, I think the IHSA had their backs against the wall in a tough tough situation, and I'm really really thankful they found a way for all the kids to participate," said Fairfield Head Volleyball Coach Chet Snyder.

However, sports like golf, tennis cross country, and swimming will take place this fall in the land of Lincoln.

"There's more of a risk of transmitting the Covid virus through contact sports, and football being one of the ones that they consider high risk and then also volleyball, and we don't have soccer here at Fairfield but I think there's some contact there as well and I think they're just trying to cut down the risk and kind of hoping things will be better in the spring," said Townsend

With these sports being moved to the spring, workloads will increase for athletic directors and multi sport coaches.

"It's an AD's nightmare because scheduling is tough for Ad's anyway when you think of venues, and gym times, and court times and referees and stuff and so for our AD to have to shuffle things around it's going to be difficult. And then when we do that the coaches are really going to have to work together to share court time and to share athletes but I know everyone here will be willing to do that," said Snyder.

The spring sports season will take place from February 15th to May 1st which means athletes participating in these sports will be able to compete in the summer sports season without conflict.

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