IHSA turns to state series sites for COVID-19 advice | Sports

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BLOOMINGTON — IHSA will rely on host venues’ pre-established rules for COVID-19 testing and vaccination status in upcoming state rounds, the sports organization’s board of directors announced Monday. High School.

The latest board meeting included a discussion of the protocols that IHSA programs, their fans, and others associated with post-season events will need to follow to be involved in those events.

The Boys’ and Girls’ Basketball State Tournaments, Boys’ and Girls’ State Single and Double Team Wrestling Tournaments, and Boys’ State Swimming and Diving Tournament are most relevant to this topic. .

The boys’ individual wrestling will take place at Champaign’s State Farm Center on February 17, 18 and 19. The return of state boys’ basketball to Champaign-Urbana for the first time since 1995 will take place at the same facility on the 10th, 11th and 12th.

The University of Illinois’ current sports vaccination policy, which applies to events with more than 200 people at State Farm Center, requires attendees to present proof of vaccination or “a negative COVID-19 test performed in 72 hours from the start time of the event”. This negative test cannot be a home test.

The National Women’s Basketball Tournament (March 3-5) will be held at Normal’s Redbird Arena. Women’s Individual Wrestling and Men’s Double Team Wrestling (February 25-26) will take place at Grossinger Motors Arena in Bloomington. And the Boys’ Swimming and Diving State Tournament (February 25-26) will be held at the FMC Natatorium in Westmont.

“More information will be provided by IHSA staff to participating schools based on policies in place at venues as the state series tournaments progress,” the board said in a statement. .

Also on Monday, the board “discussed replacement protocols for state series teams that pull out due to COVID-19 concerns after moving forward” — such as a basketball team winning a regional championship but unable to participate in a section semi-final.

“The board has directed IHSA staff to develop guidelines by sport,” the board said in its statement.

Colin Likas is the preparation coordinator at The News-Gazette. He can be contacted at [email protected] or on Twitter at @clikasNG.

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