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CHS coaches will be ready if IHSAA resumes high school sports July 1

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July 1.

That’s the date high school sports may get back on the field according to a release by the Indiana High School Athletic Association on Wednesday.

“I think it’s nice that we finally have a date in mind,” CHS girls cross country coach Lindsay Moskalick said. “We’ve always been wondering ‘what if?’ It all depends on if the state follows the guidelines and we do what we are supposed to be doing as a society.”

“Everything has been so up in the air,” Chesterton High football coach Mark Peterson said. “Hopefully, this is a step toward getting the kids back on the field in the fall. That’s what they want.”

Dr. Jennifer McCormick, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, clarified the school closure order which ends on June 30. That date is the end of the traditionally defined school year in Indiana and all school building are to remain closed until then.

“I’m waiting more on what they will say before July 1,” Trojan boys soccer coach Lucas Sabedra said. “I think them being hopefully for that start give us a relief that there may be a fall season for us. But, would I believe that we’re going to play for sure, no.”

The IHSAA has suspended any school sponsored activities through June 30, which includes any conditioning, skill development and associated activities directed, observed or instructed by the school’s coaching staff regardless of the location.

“I recognize the public health issue at hand and keeping everybody healthy, but there is so much value in being together for conditioning and practice as opposed to doing it themselves,” CHS volleyball coach Amber McCaw said.

The July 1 date falls on a Wednesday during the IHSAA’s traditional moratorium week.

“In light of the amount of time students have been restricted from school and contact with their teammates and coaches, the Association is hereby waiving rule 15-3.4 for the year 2020,” the IHSAA said in a press release. “Therefore, contact with students under the provisions of rule 15-3 may occur beginning on Wednesday, July 1 and continue through Saturday of Week 4 of the IHSAA calendar which is Aug. 1.”

“We’ll have to look at and evaluate the timelines and take into consideration everybody’s vacation schedules, and more importantly, where we are in the steps through the process,” Peterson said. “We’ll make the best decision for the kids.”

“I think it’s nice we finally have a date in mind,” Moskalick said. “I had a zoom meeting with all the kids and told them to be optimistic that things are going to go for us. I told them to be ready to get started.”


The IHSAA also released an announcement about physicals due for athletes intending to play sports during the next school year.

“Due to the COVID-19 pandemic during the 2019-2020 school year and the continued stress on the medical community, the Indiana High School Athletic Association will waive the provisions of Rule 3-10 for the 2020-21 school year,” the IHSAA said in a press release. “Effective immediately, valid physical and consent forms presented to member schools on behalf of eligible students during the 2019-20 school year shall be valid during the upcoming 2020-21 school year.”



Posted 5/7/2020






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