Winter Sports Resumption (Jan. 2021)



On Monday, January 18th, Governor Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) lifted the Tier 3 Mitigations in Region 10, which had paused our Winter Sports.  As a result, we will resume all low-risk Winter Sports beginning on Thursday, January 21st  (Girls Badminton, Girls & Boys Bowling, Girls Gymnastics, Boys Swim & Dive, Cheer, and Dance)



District 219 Athletic Departments will continue to follow IDPH and IHSA Guidelines as our Winter Sports resume.  It is imperative that all student-athletes communicate any Covid-19 symptoms to their coaches before attending any practices.  Student-athletes must also be registered on the 8 to 18 website and have a current physical (conducted in the last 13 months) in order to participate in Winter Sports.



As a reminder, here are the Athletic COVID Safety Protocols for our Winter Sports.



Within the next two weeks, the IHSA will provide start and end dates for all sports that have yet to participate, as well as important guidelines for “contact days” (similar to this Fall).  As we finalize our revised competition schedules for Winter Sports, we will begin to explore options for contact days for our student-athletes beginning in February.  We will communicate information to student-athletes and families as it becomes available.  


As a reminder, please make sure you are registered for your specific sport HERE.  You can also find a list of all Head Coaches and their contact information HERE.


If you have any questions, please contact the Head Coach of each sport or the Athletic Directors (emails listed below).


Brett Bildstein                        Danae Russell          

2/3/2021 3:05 PM

Mission Statement


     Participation in interscholastic athletics provides students with opportunities to acquire important, lifelong skills for future success in life.  In addition, the athletic program is designed to positively contribute to the Niles Township community.  Through intentional teaching and positive reinforcement, we strive to teach our students the power of success through humility, and perseverance through challenges, obstacles, and defeat.  

     The primary objective of the athletic programs in the Niles Township High School District is to provide wholesome opportunities for students to compete and learn important life lessons, values, and favorable habits and attitudes in social settings.  To realize this goal, District 219 athletic programs recognize the value of participation and commitment to developing a competitive interscholastic athletic program, and emphasize the importance of balancing victory with defeat in order to develop and improve positive character traits among all participants.

     Every effort is made to support District 219 athletic programs with the best facilities, equipment, and most qualified staff available.  Coaches, directors, and sponsors must be positive role models with knowledge of their activity, ethical behavior, strong leadership, and interest in the holistic development of all student athletes.

     All student athletes are held to high expectations of academic achievement and success in the classroom.  Coaches and teachers work as partners to provide opportunities for the success of every student.  District 219 athletic programs seek to provide a positive image of athletics at Niles North and Niles West High Schools, strive for excellence that will produce winning teams within the bounds of good sportsmanship, and ensure growth and development that will increase the number of individual participants in interscholastic athletics.