(12-2-19) Today the Illinois High School Association’s (IHSA) members started to vote on 11 proposals, including a proposal to revoke District play in football before it even starts.

IHSA Proposal

There were two proposals being considered focusing on district play, the above proposal received approval, while the other option did not make the cut. The 2nd option included adding more teams to the playoffs.

Either way it looks to be a setback in the future for Illinois football in general. This proposal does not give any help in solving the issues facing schools who saw districts as a solution to their problems.

So why is this taking place now…the IHSA’s Legislative Commission passed on the 11 proposals to amend the IHSA Constitution and By-laws to a vote of the general membership. The Commission voted after hearing feedback from member school personnel at 28 town meetings held around the state during the month of November.

This calls for a revote

How the voting process works in the IHSA

The deadline to submit the ballot is midnight, Monday, December 16. The ballots will be tabulated and the results posted on Tuesday, December 17. Schools will be able to vote “no opinion” on any of the proposals. A simple majority of yes or no votes cast will determine whether each proposal passes.

If the above proposal fails this is what will take place-

Beginning in 2021, the IHSA will assign football teams to eight or nine team groupings (i.e. “districts”) based on classification and geography. Previously, schools did not officially know their postseason classification until the completion of the regular-season. The IHSA will assign each school’s regular-season games against their district opponents. Districts will be set for two years, allowing home and away scheduling within the district. Schools will have the autonomy to schedule their non-district opponents for any open weeks, but those non-district games will not count toward playoff qualification. The district assigning process will be similar to how schools are assigned to Regionals and Sectionals in other IHSA sports and activities.