Pritzker benches fall football, puts COVID-19 restrictions on other amateur sports


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,

Gymnasts Worldwide Push Back on Their Sport’s Culture of Abuse


A culture in gymnastics that has tolerated coaches belittling, manipulating and in some cases physically abusing young athletes is being challenged by Olympians and other gymnasts around the world after an uprising in the United States.

Many current and former competitors, emboldened by their American peers, have broken their silence in recent weeks against treatment they say created mental scars on girls that lasted well into adulthood.

One gymnast, who is just 8 years old, said a coach tied her wrists to a horizontal bar when she was 7 and ignored her as she cried out in pain.


OHSAA reaffirms plans to move ahead with fall sports


In an e-mail sent to schools, the Ohio High School School Athletics Association reaffirmed that it plans to move forward with its fall sports schedule.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — In an email sent to its member schools, Ohio High School Athletics Association interim executive director Bob Goldring reaffirmed the organization’s plans to move forward with its fall sports seasons as planned.

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That means that practices for low/non-contact sports and contact sports, including football, will be permitted to begin official practices on Saturday, August 1.

“It is important to keep athletic activity moving forward,” said Dan

PIAA clarifies fan attendance policy for fall sports


“PIAA is following the sports guidance put out by the Wolf Administration”

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (WKBN) – Upon receiving countless inquiries regarding the ability of spectators to attend athletic events, the PIAA clarified the policy on Thursday.

In a release, the PIAA said, “This is not a PIAA decision. PIAA is following the sports guidance put out by the Wolf Administration.”

That official guidance reads as follows:

Any sports-related activities in yellow or green phased counties must adhere to the gathering