IHSA Releases Schedule for 2020-21

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Jonas Dargis '22, Sports and Entertainment Editor

As of July 29th, major alterations were made to the 2020-2021 sports calendar as the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) rolled out its plans for this year’s sports seasons in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. With the updated schedule, we have a preview of the year ahead and what to expect for sports at Saint Patrick High School. The bulk of the announcement explained how many sports are moving to this spring and summer this school year. This includes football and soccer, both which are moving to the spring.

When asked his opinion of the football season being moved, varsity football player Alex Goworowski ’22 put it, “I do support the decision made on moving football to the spring season. It hurts me but it was the right thing to do considering we are living in a pandemic.”

Many of the spring sports are also set to move to the summer, including baseball, track and field, volleyball, and tennis. The announcement also outlines that this year’s sports season will be condensed. Competition will be restricted to schools within the East Suburban Catholic Conference (ESCC) and schools that are geographically close.

The table below shows the condensed seasons:

Fall August 10 to October 24
Winter November 16 to February 13
Spring February 15 to May 1
Summer May 3 to June 26

IHSA Board President, Tim McConnell said, “The Board believes this plan offers the most realistic chance for student-athletes to participate in interscholastic sports while balancing the challenges of a new academic setting.” In their announcement, the IHSA Board stressed how this plan is fluid and will change and adapt with state guidelines. However, through phase 4 this is the plan with updates coming out as the seasons progress to how things like playoffs and tournaments will be held.

Below is a table detailing all sports at Saint Patrick and their updated sports seasons:

Sport Traditional Season 2020-21 Season Start Date End Date
Golf Fall Fall August 10 October 24
Cross Country Fall Fall August 10 October 24
Basketball Winter Winter November 16 February 13
Wrestling Winter Winter November 16 February 13
Swimming Winter Winter November 16 February 13
Bowling Winter Winter November 16 February 13
Football Fall Spring February 15 May 1
Soccer Fall Spring February 15 May 1
Water Polo Spring Spring February 15 May 1
Baseball Spring Summer May 3 June 26
Track & Field Spring Summer May 3 June 26
Volleyball Spring Summer May 3 June 26
Tennis Spring Summer May 3 June 26

*As of the publishing of this article, the restrictions on two games per week for the winter, spring, and summer sports have been lifted. The summe sports are also set to start two weeks earlier (April 19).