UPDATED – 10-13-19 208 pm

The fall out because of the strike….Chicago Pu8blic Schools golf, soccer, tennis and cross-country teams were forced to forfeit post-season events last week, including 56 schools who forfeited girls volleyball playoff games on Monday.


Sun-Times You Tube Video (above video from this morning)

(10-31-19) The Chicago Public Schools and the IHSA have created another year of chaos in the upcoming football playoffs.

An early morning press conference by Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot may have ended any hope of the CPS Teacher Strike  strike ending before the Friday deadline set bey the IHSA (see story link above).

The actions by both sides have opened future issues in Pandora’s box by making exemptions for Chicago Public Schools (CPS) that allowed them to be bracketed. Some rules were amended by the IHSA just for CPS schools.

The IHSA by allowing the bracketing of CPS schools has made assumptions unlike they have in the past for any other school or school system. Plus they have overstepped rules set in place by member schools without consideration of their thoughts on the issue.

Time is running out and now the chaos begins for round one games.

IHSA’s answers to why Chicago City Schools were bracketed –

Q. Will the IHSA football playoff pairings include Chicago public schools that are currently on strike?
A. Yes. Schools that are on strike still have the potential to return to play and participate in the IHSA playoffs if they restart practice no later than Wednesday, October 30. Since the IHSA has no way of knowing when the strike will be resolved, these schools will be included in the playoff pairings.

Q. Will schools that are on strike but have played less than the required eight games be included in the pairings?
A. Yes. The IHSA Board of Directors waived this provision of the Football Terms and Conditions on appeal, allowing schools that had played only seven games — including Simeon and Phoenix — to be eligible for the playoffs.

Q. Will Chicago Public League conference representatives (champions) be admitted to the playoffs automatically?
A. Yes. The Football Terms and Conditions normally require five conference games to be played, but this provision has been waived routinely when a conference loses a member school on short notice and cannot find a replacement to fill out its schedule. The teacher’s strike presents a similar predicament and a waiver of this provision has been granted to all playoff-eligible Chicago Public League conferences.

Q. Will “playoff points” (opponents’ wins) be counted from regular-season games that were scheduled to be played but had to be canceled because of the strike?
A. Yes. These “double forfeits” will be handled in a manner similar to regular forfeits. In a regular forfeit, both the winning and losing team accumulate the wins of the opponent toward their “playoff point” totals. The handling of double forfeits caused by a strike has never been considered before, but the Executive Director has ruled that the playoff points from such games will be counted in a similar manner.

Q. Which scheduled games will be included in the playoff point calculation?
A. All games that were scheduled before the strike started will be included in the playoff point calculation.

Q. What happens if the Chicago schools that are included in the playoffs are not able to practice by Wednesday, October 30?
A. In this case, the schools will be required to forfeit their first-round playoff games. If two striking schools happen to be paired against each other, the game will be recorded as a double forfeit.

Q. If a team is scheduled for a home game in the playoffs and is awarded a forfeit, will it count as a home game with regard to the playoff hosting policy?
A. No. A forfeit will not count as a home game for the winning school.

CPS Schools scheduled to compete
IHSA 1st Round Playoffs (Nov 1-2, 2019)

8A
#26 Chicago (Taft) (5-3) at #7 Huntley (8-1), Sat., Nov. 2, 1:00 pm
#23 Chicago (Marist) (5-4) at #10 Lombard (Glenbard East) (8-1), Fri., Nov. 1, 7:00 pm
#27 Chicago (Curie) (5-3) at #6 Flossmoor (Homewood-F.) (8-1), Sat., Nov. 2, 6:00 pm

7A
#25 New Lenox (Lincoln-Way West) (5-4) vs. #8 Chicago (Phillips) (7-1) at Chicago (Gately Stadium), Sat., Nov. 2, 3:30 pm
#30 Chicago (Lincoln Park) (5-3) at #3 Rolling Meadows (9-0), Sat., Nov. 2, 1:00 pm

6A
#9 Lake Villa (Lakes) (6-3) vs. #8 Chicago (Simeon) (6-1) at Chicago (Gately Stadium), Sat., Nov. 2, 12:00 noon
#12 Chicago (Mather) (6-2) at #5 Antioch (7-2), Sat., Nov. 2, 1:00 pm
10 Riverside (R.-Brookfield) (6-3) vs. #7 Chicago (Kenwood) (7-1) at Chicago (Gately Stadium), Sat., Nov. 2, 7:00 pm
#16 Chicago (Morgan Park) (5-3) at #1 East St. Louis (Sr.) (9-0), Sat., Nov. 2, 2:00 pm

5A
#12 Oak Park (Fenwick) (5-4) vs. #5 Chicago (Payton) (8-0) at Chicago (Lane Stadium), Sat., Nov. 2, 6:00 pm
#15 Chicago (Hyde Park) (5-3) at #2 Rockford (Boylan Catholic) (9-0), Sat., Nov. 2, 1:00 pm
#10 Aurora (Marmion Academy) (6-3) vs. #7 Chicago (Amundsen) (7-1) at Chicago (Winnemac Stadium), Sat., Nov. 2, 1:00 pm

4A
#16 Chicago (Phoenix) (3-4) at #1 Coal City (9-0), Sat., Nov. 2, 2:00 pm
#9 Chicago (Agricultural Science) (6-2) at #8 Kewanee (H.S.) (6-3), Sat., Nov. 2, 1:00 pm
#13 Chicago (Clark) (5-3) vs. #4 Wheaton (St. Francis) (8-1) at Wheaton College, Sat., Nov. 2, 11:00 am
#14 Chicago (Sullivan) (5-3) at #3 Elmhurst (IC Catholic) (8-1), Sat., Nov. 2, 6:00 pm

3A
#12 Chicago (Carver) (6-2) at #5 Paxton (P.-Buckley-Loda) (7-2), Sat., Nov. 2, 2:00 pm
#10 Chicago (Harlan) (6-2) vs. #7 Durand [Du-Pec Coop] (6-3) at Durand, Sat., Nov. 2, 1:00 pm
#11 Chicago (Dunbar) (6-2) at #6 Eureka (7-2), Sat., Nov. 2, 2:00 pm

2A
#10 Chicago (Orr) (6-2) at #7 Elgin (St. Edward) (6-3), Sat., Nov. 2, 1:00 pm