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IHSA Announces Major Revisions to Phase 4 Return to Play Guidelines
IHSA Announces Major Revisions to Phase 4 Return to Play Guidelines
Kevin Ross
Friday, July 10, 2020

Major Revisions Announced to IHSA Phase 4 Return to Play Guidelines (Revised July 9, 2020)

The IHSA has announced major revisions to the IHSA Phase 4 Return to Play Guidelines that were released previously.  The IHSA revisions are based on the directives of the IDPH and Governor’s Office, “due to an increase in positive cases of COVID-19 among high school teams around the state,” according to the IHSA.

Changes include the following:

There cannot be any contact drills/physical contact among athletes.

Scrimmages are not allowed in sports including Basketball, Football, and also Volleyball.  Baseball and Softball games continue to be allowed.

Masks would be required indoors whether participating in athletic activity or not (original Phase 4 Guidance allowed for masks to be removed during indoor workouts during physical activity).

Guidelines still allow our coaches and athletes to move beyond conditioning and into the use of equipment and the ability to do drills and practice skill of sport in a setting with up to 50 individuals, but only under the above conditions. 

Marshall Schools will adjust as follows until new provisions are allowed for:

For High School Athletes,

Workouts will continue to be conducted outdoors.  The Weight Room and Gyms will not be used at this time. 

We will move on from Stage 1 Workout Groups to workouts being arranged by the Coaches of each Sport.  Coaches will be notifying their athletes of any workouts scheduled.

At this time, we will not be scheduling workouts at the Junior High level

At this time, we will not be opening up the use of our facilities to outside teams. 

As of now, the IHSA and IESA have released no announcements with regards to any change in status of Fall Sports.  Marshall Schools will continue to prepare for Fall Sports to be a go until we are told otherwise.

As you know, this situation is fluid, and there are many question marks, so we will update you as soon as possible if anything changes. 

As was true in the IHSA Stage 1 Workouts, a coach or trainer will be present to take each athletes temperature and go through the health screen questions.  Students are expected to wear a face mask at check-in and during times when they are not participating in the athletic activity.  If students do not have a face mask, a mask will be provided.  Students who have a Temperature of 100.4 F or higher or who are showing symptoms according to the health screen questions will not be allowed to participate that day. 

Parents who drop off should wait for the Temperature / Health Questions to be done and for a thumbs up from the Coach or Trainer before leaving.

All athletes should be dressed for their workout when they arrive, should bring their own drinks, and bring their own equipment when possible (bats, helmets, etc.).  Equipment should not be shared.

Restrooms will be available.  Locker rooms / showers will not be available.

Summer Contact Days and Summer Competitions are Optional.

Contact Kevin Keown, Athletic Director, if you have questions.