IHSA, BHS give winter sports update

Jesse Moyer, Staff writer

BHS continues to wait to hear news from the state of Illinois and the IHSA about the possibility of winter sports in January.
On Dec. 2, the IHSA board released the following statement:
“The IHSA Board of Directors met virtually this morning for an update session, where they discussed several topics, including the timeline of winter sports. Given Governor Pritzker’s current mitigations, the Board has no expectation of starting low risk winter sports prior to January. The Board and IHSA staff will continue to monitor the Tier 3 Resurgence Mitigation in effect currently. When there is a timeline for the state to emerge from these restrictions, the Board is prepared to restart lower risk winter sports quickly.”
“In addition, the Board hopes to reestablish contact days in January for any winter sports that cannot begin, as well as spring and summer sports. The introduction of the contact days will be based on mitigations from the Governor and the Illinois Department of Public Health at that time. Further guidance on contact days limits will be established at a future Board meeting.”
BHS winter coaches are left wondering what the fate of their sports may become in January.
Varsity Cheer Coach Sam Peters said, “It really is unfortunate that we are left without answers regarding the start of our season – but I understand. The safety of our athletes will always come first. Hopefully we get some answers quickly after Winter Break so we can get started for real. I’m excited to get started as soon as we can.”
Peters said that the coaches have been providing the opportunity to provide a great Personalized Virtual Training program for all of our athletes to keep them ready for when they can start.
JV Cheer Coach Nicole Jensen added, “I feel sad that the decision to pause winter sports is still in place. I hope once the new year hits IHSA will work with the IDPH to offer safe solutions for our athletes and coaches.”
Assistant Basketball Coach Aaron Essex said that coaches right now just need to stay positive and hope for the best.
“We can only control what we can control. That is our Mindset, Work Ethic, and overall Wellness. So I encourage everyone to stay positive, be the best that you can be everyday, and take care of yourself. Take care of your physical, emotional, and mental health in a positive manner. Good things happen to good people who work hard and do the right thing.”
For future updates go to ihsa.org.