Illinois High School Association
Sports organizations across the nation have come under fire for not doing enough to safeguard against concussions, particularly in football, and the IHSA’s “Play Smart. Play Hard” campaign was designed to address that.
The nation’s first prep sports governing body to face a class-action concussions lawsuit has asked an Illinois judge to dismiss the suit, arguing that if it prevails, it could kill football programs statewide.
Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation requiring high school coaches to receive training in prevention of and reaction to concussions.
High school football practices are officially allowed to begin today in Illinois, and with that, some added rules and reminders about head safety.
Longtime Hillcrest High School girls basketball coach and social studies teacher John Maniatis has been suspended without pay, with the intent of having his employment terminated at the Country Club Hills school, school district officials decided late Thursday night.
Anthony Smith was suspended in February amid allegations of recruiting violations. The association now says Smith is reinstated and is eligible to coach at any IHSA member school immediately.
The Mooseheart Ramblers hit the basketball court with extra bounce in their steps Tuesday night, after a judge ruled three Sudanese players previously declared ineligible by the Illinois High School Association could play until there’s a full hearing on their eligibility.
With teachers and students at Chicago Public Schools going back to school on Wednesday, team sports will also be able to resume, although football games cannot be played on Friday.
While the city’s teachers’ strike continues, the 11,000 student-athletes attending Chicago Public Schools can’t play, after the Illinois High School Association denied the district’s request for a waiver to allow for games and practices during the walkout.
The Illinois High School Association girls state track and field meet will be held this weekend in Charleston, Ill., — and Fenwick’s Mary Kate Callahan won’t be taking part.
The agency that oversees high school sports in the state will continue testing athletes for performance-enhancing substances.