(6-12-18) The IHSA Board of Directors met for their regularly scheduled meeting at the IHSA office in Bloomington on Monday, June 11, 2018, where the Board approved new Weekly Player Limitations in the sport of Football for the 2019 season.
The Weekly Player Limitations, which were recommended by the IHSA Sports Medicine Advisory Committee (SMAC), are suggested for the fall of 2018, but will be fully implemented as IHSA Policy for the 2019-20 school year.
IHSA Executive Director Craig Anderson
“This is the next logical step in a series of collaborative efforts between the SMAC and football coaches to make the game as safe as possible for high school students in Illinois. The SMAC was diligent in their discussion on this topic over the past few years and did their best to take into consideration the concerns of coaches when developing these limitations. We believe this Policy protects student-athletes, while still giving our coaches the autonomy to properly prepare their teams and players to play at all levels.”
The changes, which will be a part of IHSA Policy 13 (Football Policies), are listed below:
Weekly Player Limitations for Football
1. A player shall not play in more than 2 games in any one week, and shall not play in more than one game in a single day. For the purposes of this section, a week is defined as the seven-day period running from Friday through the following Thursday. (It is recommended that if a player does play in 2 games in a given week, one of those games is only as a one-way player. [i.e., only plays on offense or defense or special teams])
2. Players cannot play in games on consecutive days or be involved in live contact/thud in practice the day after playing in a game.
3. 1 play in a game equals a game played.
NOTE: If a player plays in a game that is stopped due to weather or other circumstances and completed the next day, the player can participate in the resumed game the following day.