The head of the Illinois High School Association issued a statement Tuesday updating schools, students and coaches on the development of a set of return-to-play guidelines. These policies would take effect once it’s safe to reinstate high-school sports in the state.
Between the lines of his statement, IHSA Executive Director Craig Anderson seems to be hinting that he's frustrated waiting for the Illinois Department of Public Health to work with his organization to complete the guidelines. But, the statement acknowledges that pressing state issues have higher priority for the health department.
Anderson says the guidelines represent the first step in a return to normalcy for high-school athletics in the state. He also says that the return of athletics is important to high-school students from physical, mental, and emotional perspectives. But, he also says the IHSA must be in full accord with the Department of Public Health to maximize safety and help avoid any setbacks in reuniting students with their coaches.