Keep Spring Sports In Their Season!

Keep Spring Sports In Their Season!

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Kyra Nolen started this petition to IHSA and

The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) has elected to allow six sports to operate in the spring, of the sports selected to be played, only three are traditionally spring season sports; the other three sport are football, girls volleyball and boys soccer. Seven other spring sports, who have already lost up to 94 days of play as a result of quarantine, were allotted the summer season which runs 16 days shorter than the fall winter and spring seasons. This is an unbalanced distribution of season length as the the sports that were moved to the summer season are the only sports who lost time due to quarantine and are being kicked out of their spots in the spring season to accommodate for sports that have not lost any playing time.

With this current plan, student athletes who planned to compete in the 19/20 and 20/21 spring athletic seasons, while playing one of the seven sports now in a ‘summer season,’ are going to loose up to 145 days of play while fall athletes loose a maximum of 40. This accounts for days lost as a result of quarantine (in reference to the longest spring season: lacrosse; and the longest fall season: football) and the difference in the new 54 day summer season versus the modified 70 day spring season.

The three fall sports taking the place of spring sports should be moved to summer.

There is no reason for football, girls volleyball and boys soccer to compete in the spring. Spring athletes have already lost a high school season that is irreplaceable- many teams not even having had the chance to play their first game this past season. This school year, all athletic seasons are shortened. However, the summer season is 16 days shorter than the fall, winter and spring seasons. The only teams competing in the summer season are teams who have already lost 92 days of play as a result of COVID-19. Those days lost, can never be made up for. Despite this, the IHSA has chosen to allow the sports previously stated to compete in place of three spring sports who were more severely disadvantaged by the pandemic. Moving the three displaced fall sports to the summer allows for hundreds of spring athletes to compete in a longer, more regular season after the heartbreaking loss of this past years season.

Sign this petition:

-To give as many spring athletes as possible the same opportunities given to the other 70% of athletes
-To support spring athletes
-If you want your spring sport, or someone you know to play in the spring season

 

Sports shortened and changed to summer:

-Baseball

-Softball

-Boys/Girls Track & Field

-Girls Soccer

-Boys Volleyball

-Boys/Girls Lacrosse

-Boys Tennis

 

The ten typical IHSA spring sports:

-Girls Badminton

-Boys Gymnastics

-Boys/Girls Water Polo

-Baseball

-Softball

-Boys/Girls Track & Field

-Girls Soccer

-Boys Volleyball

-Boys/Girls Lacrosse

-Boys Tennis

 

 

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