IHSA Announces Tournament Updates
Related to COVID-19
Thursday, March 12, 2020
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[May 24, 2020]
The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) announced on
March 12, 2020 that it will significantly limit attendance at the
remaining games in the 2020 IHSA Boys Basketball State Series, as
well as at other IHSA events, to preemptively reduce the potential
spread of COVID-19.
The decision comes after consultation with the Illinois Department
of Public Health and the Peoria City/County Health Department, the
latter of whom made the recommendation that no more than 60
spectators per school be allowed in the arena for each contest at
this weekend’s Class 1A and Class 2A Boys Basketball State Finals.
The IHSA currently plans to invoke the 60-spectator per school
limitation across all remaining basketball games this season.
Competing schools will be provided a protocol for determining who
“This was a difficult decision shaped by thoughtful deliberation set
against a truly unprecedented backdrop,” said IHSA Executive
Director Craig Anderson. “IHSA Basketball is America’s Original
March Madness, and we recognize that this tournament is a
once-in-a-lifetime experience for the competing teams, communities
and fans. Ultimately though, we have to put the health and safety of
the students, along with the general public, ahead of the spectacle
of the event. This is and remains a fluid situation. It is important
that our member schools and fans understand that events outside any
of our control could lead to further changes over the coming hours
Games impacted by this change include the 2020 IHSA Class 1A/2A Boys
Basketball State Finals on March 13-14, as well as the remaining
contests at the Class 3A and Class 4A Sectional, Super-Sectional,
and State Final levels. IHSA State Series’ in Debate, Drama & Group
Interpretation, and Scholastic Bowl will also operate under a
similar premise, with those events being limited to competing
students, coaches and essential meet personnel.
Full refunds will be available for any tickets already purchased for
the remaining contests.
A schedule of all remaining IHSA State Series winter events is
listed below. The Class 1A & 2 Boys Basketball State Finals will be
televised and streamed (viewing info link will be posted here soon).
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IHSA Executive Director Craig Anderson will go into greater detail
on the reasons behind the decision in a video announcement on 3/12.
Check back soon to watch the video.
REMAINING IHSA WINTER STATE SERIES SCHEDULE
-Class 1A/2A Boys Basketball State Finals on Friday & Saturday,
March 13-14 at the Peoria Civic Center.
-Class 3A Sectional Semifinal on March 12.
-Class 3A & Class 4A Sectional Finals on March 13 & 14.
-Scholastic Bowl Sectionals on March 14.
-Class 3A & Class 4A Super-Sectionals on March 17.
-Scholastic Bowl State Finals on March 20.
-Class 3A & Class 4A State Finals on March 20 & 21.
-Debate State Finals on March 20 & 21.
-Drama/Group Interpretation Sectionals on March 20 & 21.
-Drama/Group Interpretation State Finals on March 27 & 28.
The following ancillary events at the Class 1A/2A Boys Basketball
State Finals have also been impacted:
-Thursday’s team shootarounds at Carver Arena will not be open to
-The Class 1A & 2A Finals of the Country Financial Three-Point
Showdown have been postponed.
-The March Madness Experience in the adjacent Peoria Civic Center
exhibit halls will not open this weekend.
-Saturday’s Unified State Basketball Tournament held in conjunction
with Special Olympics Illinois has been canceled.
-The state basketball welcome dinners have been canceled.
-Access the Experience will not be held on March 17.
-The Wheelchair Basketball State Tournament on March 20 & 21 has
-The Learning From the Legends Clinic on March 21 has been canceled.
-The Student Section Showdown winner announcement has been
-All-State Team and IESA champion recognition will not occur.