IHSA Approves ‘Return to Play’ Plan, Strength and Conditioning Cleared

IHSA Approves ‘Return to Play’ Plan, Strength and Conditioning Cleared

BLOOMINGTON – The Illinois High School Association Board of Directors approved its “Return to Play” guidelines Friday, and member schools are permitted to open for voluntary strength and conditioning sessions immediately.

The guidelines were developed to follow Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s Restore Illinois coronavirus reopening plan. The recent spring high school sports season was completely wiped out due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Return to Play guidelines were created by the IHSA Sports Medicine Advisory Committee and have been approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health, according to a release from the IHSA. Students are limited to three hours of participation per day under the plan.

Under the guidelines, IHSA high schools need to receive approval from their local school districts to conduct workouts. The schools also must be located in a health region currently in Phase 3 or better of the Restore Illinois plan.

Any school within a Phase 3 region of the state was able to begin implementation starting June 6.