On January 15th, Region 2 in Illinois was moved into Tier 2, which relaxes some of the restrictions placed on youth sports. Volleyball and basketball have been given guidelines to hold practices and team workouts. Hollis will always follow the current mitigations put in place by IDPH, IESA, and the Governor’s office.
What does Tier 2 mean for Hollis athletes?
- Moderate risk sports (Volleyball) may conduct practices. Intra-team scrimmages may be conducted with parental consent. These are considered regular season practices. Teams may conduct a try-out. No contests may be conducted.
- High risk sports (Boys Basketball) may conduct non-contact practices. These are considered regular season practices. Teams may conduct a try-out. No intra-squad scrimmages or contests may be conducted. IESA Girls Basketball practice/tryout is scheduled to begin March 8.
- All participants and coaches who can medically tolerate a face covering must wear a face covering when unable to maintain at least a 6-foot social distance.
What will practices look like?
- Practice schedules are on the Teams Calendar on the Hollis Website.
- Boys basketball practices will be divided into small groups….5th and 6th graders will practice on different days than 7th and 8th graders.
- Each coach will follow all guidelines established by the IDPH and IESA.
- Practices will begin with temperature checks.
- Teams will be divided into grade bands to limit exposure across grade level, similar to what is done for PE and recess.
- Basketball practice will cover individual skill development and conditioning at the moment.
- Equipment will be sanitized after each practice.
- Students will be dropped off and will come straight to the gym/cafeteria for temperature checks. Parents please avoid coming into the school if possible.
- Players aren’t allowed in the gym until the team practicing before them has cleared out.
- Masks will be worn at all times by participants/coaches when unable to maintain at least a 6-foot social distance.
- Locker rooms will be unavailable for practice. Students should come to practice dressed. A designated area will be set up to store coats and other clothing.
When will Hollis be able to play games?
- Under the current guidelines, games are not allowed between two opposing schools for any sport.
- Since volleyball is considered a moderate risk sport, intra-squad scrimmages are allowed with parental consent.
- Basketball scrimmages and games are not permitted at this time.
- If the state were to allow games, every effort will be made to create a schedule for the sports allowed to play.
- A current sports physical must be filed in the office for anyone to participate.
- Please be flexible with our coaches and players, the state can change our circumstances quickly.
- If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your coach or the AD.
- Please refer to the IESA website for the most up to date information: www.iesa.org
I appreciate the patience everyone has shown as we have been shut down. Let’s continue to support our players and coaches the way Hollis always has!
***** I am working with the IESA to give current updates to sports. Please be patient as things are changing quickly. As soon as I learn of any updates, I’ll send out the information through the coaches. IESA is currently working on new guidelines as our region has recently moved into Tier 1. *****
Mr. Phil Quine
Hollis Athletic Director