Pritzker Announces Safety Guidelines for Recreational Sports Amid Pandemic

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker has announced guidance for youth and adult recreational sports.

Posted: Jul 29, 2020 3:28 PM
Updated: Aug 3, 2020 2:41 PM

On Wednesday, July 29, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker announced guidance for youth and adult recreational sports including but not limited to school-based sports (IHSA & IESA), travel clubs, private leagues and clubs, recreational leagues and centers, and park district sports programs.

The newly released guidance categorizes sports into three risk levels:

  1. low
  2. medium
  3. high

The categorization of each sport is based on the amount of contact between athletes and their proximity during play.

The guidance sets four levels of play allowed based on current public health conditions.

Level 1: Only no-contact practices are allowed and they must be outside.

Level 2: Indoor and outdoor practices, and intra-team scrimmages are allowed - but there can be no competitive play.

Level 3: Intra-conference, intra-region, or intra-league play is allowed and there may be state- or league-championship games allowed for low-risk sports only.

Level 4: Tournaments, out-of-conference play, and out-of-state play are allowed. State championship games are also allowed.

Beginning Saturday, Aug 15, low-risk sports can be played at levels 1, 2, and 3. Medium risk sports can be played at levels 1 and 2, and high-risk sports can be played at level 1.

The guidance was developed in coordination with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE).

You can view the full details of the guidance by clicking here.

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