Fall’s most popular high school sports lost out as public health, sports and academic leaders put pandemic restrictions on youth, high school and adult amateur sports starting Aug. 15.
The Friday night lights will be dark and high school stadiums quiet across Illinois this fall because Gov. J.B. Pritzker imposed new COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions on sports for the upcoming school year.
The new rules are stricter than in neighboring states.
After discussion with the governor’s office over the guidelines, the Illinois High School Association decided to move higher-risk sports such as football, volleyball and soccer to the spring. Golf,