IHSA Phase 4 Covid Info- What does this mean for Summer Camps?

Sport specific instruction can start 7/6. Please contact your coach for details. We will be sending out a summer camp information the week of 7/6. Please refer to the IDPH guidelines for Covid safety. 



IHSA Phase 4 Return to Play Plan 

As a result of the Governor’s Restore Illinois Plan, as regions reach Phase 4 on June 26th or after, IHSA member schools are permitted to begin use of voluntary summer contact days. School districts should work with their local health departments on current restrictions in their area prior to beginning contact. Local school administration determines the permitted activities at their school. Prioritizing the health and safety of all students and staff must remain the focus of each IHSA member school. 

Phase 3 of the IHSA RTP Plan correlates to Phase 3 of the Restore Illinois Plan. 

Phase 4 of the IHSA RTP Plan correlates to Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Plan. 

The following are best practices when conducting summer contact days

Students are limited to 5 hours of participation per day. 


• Schools must maintain a daily record of what athletes are participating, when, symptoms they may present (see attachment). 

o Athletes should be screened at the start of practice for temperature >100.4F/38C or symptoms of COVID-19 (fevers, chills, cough, muscle aches, headache, 

sore throat, runny nose, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or loss of taste or smell). o Any person with symptoms (refer to attached form) or a positive COVID-19 test, should not participate in practice, competition, or conditioning and should be 

referred to a physician for evaluation and only return after clearance to do so from a physician. o Signage about symptoms and transmission of COVID-19 should be posted around facilities. 

• Gatherings of up to 50 individuals, indoors or outdoors, are allowed. Thirty feet of space must be maintained between gatherings of 50 when outdoors. Indoors limits of 50 individuals is the maximum no matter the spacing. 

o When students are not actively participating in a drill, practice, or contest, care should be taken to maintain social distance between individuals. 

• If locker rooms are a necessity, capacity should be limited to ensure members can maintain 6 ft of social distance. 

• Individuals should sanitize or wash their hands for a minimum of 20 seconds with warm water and soap, or use alcohol based hand sanitizer and rub until dry before touching any surfaces or participating in workouts. 

• Appropriate clothing/shoes should be worn at all times in the weight room to minimize sweat from transmitting onto equipment/surfaces. 

• Students must be encouraged to shower and wash their workout clothing immediately upon returning to home. 

Facilities Cleaning: 

• Adequate cleaning schedules, before and after each use by a group of athletes, should be created and implemented for all athletic facilities to mitigate any communicable diseases. 

• Prior to an individual or groups of individuals entering a facility, hard surfaces within that facility should be wiped down and sanitized (chairs, furniture in meeting rooms, locker rooms, weight room equipment, bathrooms, athletic training room tables, etc.). 

• Hand sanitizer should be plentiful and available to individuals as they transfer from place to place. 

• Weight equipment should be wiped down thoroughly before and after an individual’s use of equipment. 

Please see ISBE and CDC for more cleaning details. 

Physical Activity and Athletic Equipment: 

• On June 26 or when your region reaches Phase 4, summer contact days will begin. Coaches are encouraged to use a staged approach to build back up to full summer contact activity and competitions. Local districts should work with their health departments and local school officials to make decisions about team travel to summer competitions. o Athletes who did not participate in phase 3, are encouraged to follow the fall acclimatization schedule for any sport. 

o Football players should maintain their summer acclimatization schedule, per IHSA By-Law 3.157

• There should be no shared athletic towels, clothing, or shoes between students. 

• Hand sanitizer or hand washing stations should be plentiful at summer contact events. 

• Athletic equipment such as bats and batting helmets should be cleaned between each use. Other equipment, such as catchers gear, hockey helmets/pads, wrestling ear guards, football helmets/othe. r pads, lacrosse helmets/pads/gloves/eyewear should be worn by only one individual and not shared. 

• Shared equipment such as athletic balls, thud pads, sleds should be cleaned frequently during practice and competitions. 

• In phase 4 spotters for weightlifting are allowed while masked. Maximum lifts should be done only with power cages for squats and bench presses. Spotters should stand at each end of the bar. 

Hydration: • All students shall bring their own water bottle. Water bottles must not be shared. 

• Hydration stations (water cows, water trough, water fountains, etc.) may be utilized to fill individual water bottles but must be cleaned after every practice/contest. 

Contests: • Group sizes should be limited to 50 total participants, coaches, and referees (i.e. excludes spectators). 

o Any additional team members can sit on the sidelines 6 feet apart from one another. 

During the use of summer contact days, multiple groups of 50 or fewer participants are permitted in an outdoor facility at once as long as: 

o the outdoor facilities allow for social distancing of students, coaches, and spectators o 30-ft of distancing is maintained between groups/opposing teams on the sidelines, and o areas for each group are clearly marked to discourage interaction between groups outside of competitive game play. 

• Students should maintain social distancing on the sidelines when not engaged in activities. 

• Schools must have information posted at entrances and around facilities explaining the transmission as well as symptoms of COVID-19, encouraging all visitors to maintain social distance, and reminding people to stay home if they feel sick or have any of the symptoms of COVID-19: temperature >100.4F/38C, fevers, chills, cough, muscle aches, headache, sore throat, runny nose, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or loss of taste or smell. 

• If schools choose to permit spectators, there should be a designated area for spectators with existing seating capped at 20% of capacity and allows 6 feet of distance between families/household units. 

• Visual markers shall be displayed at queue points (Check-ins, along sidelines, concessions, bleachers, etc.) to help people maintain social distance. 

• Concession stands may open in line with restaurant businesses physical workspace guidelines. There should be markers to encourage social distancing while in queue. 

• Encourage spectators to bring their own chairs from home for outdoor activities. 

• No handshakes, high fives, fist bumps, hugs, etc. can occur pre or post-match. 

• No spitting or blowing of the nose without the use of a tissue is allowed. 


• Coaches/volunteers must wear a mask. 

• Officials must wear a mask except when ACTIVELY exercising as part of their officiating duties and use an electronic whistle. Mouth whistles and blow horns are not allowed for safety. Officials are encouraged to be masked whenever feasible to decrease risk of transmission. 

• Participants should be encouraged to wear a mask if feasible for the sport. 

It is the responsibility of each IHSA member school to comply with the above requirements. 

If available, it is encouraged that an Athletic Trainer or medical personnel be available for workouts. They should be masked for any interactions with athletes and maintain appropriate social distance when feasible. 

Any person with positive symptoms reported should not be allowed to take part in workouts and should contact his or her primary care provider or other appropriate healthcare professional. 




Restore Illinois Youth Sports Guidelines for Phase IV (link not yet available) 


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Summer 2020 Waiver

Plesae see resources for the summer 2020 waiver. All athletes participating in summer activities will need to have a waiver signed prior to participation. 

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Return to Play Protocols

Please click here for Harlem Protocol on returning to play. Summer conditioning is not mandatory and there is no charge. Stage 2 will take effect when our area heads into Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan. 

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For many high school athletes, college recruiting is at best a mystery and at its worst, it can be overwhelming. The hardest part is often just knowing when and how to get started.

That’s why we’ve partnered with NCSA Next College Student Athlete, the world’s largest and most successful college athletic recruiting network. Every day, the many former college coaches and athletes at NCSA are helping high school athletes:

  • Gain exposure to get discovered by college coaches
  • Ensure they are on track to become NCAA and NAIA eligible
  • Effectively contact and communicate with college coaches
  • Find the best schools based on athletic and academic goals

NCSA is also the official recruiting partner of USA Today High School Sports and offers practical advice and guidance every week on a wide range of recruiting topics.

The following information will help athletes and their families better understand what the recruiting process is about and how to put together a more effective recruiting game plan.

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How College Coaches Recruit

Coaches methods may vary, but all of them agree that recruiting is one job that seemingly never ends. There’s the immediate need of filling this year’s recruiting class, but also looking ahead to the following year at potential recruits and so on.

Recruiting also varies by season so when fall sports are finishing up their recruiting, spring sports may still have some late recruiting to do. There are also recruiting differences by division with NCAA DI programs usually out in front trying to secure recruits as early as possible.

The following outline gives a very basic look at how most college coaches approach the recruiting process.

  1. Determine recruiting needs (position, grad year)
  2. Search online recruiting profiles, talk to high school and club coaches
  3. Evaluate prospect video, academic information, check social media accounts
  4. Begin contacting athletes, follow profiles, extend camp invites, hold camps
  5. In-home meetings, meetings with current coaches
  6. Check NCAA/NAIA eligibility status, extend official visit offers
  7. Make initial verbal offers
  8. Sign players, look for last-minute recruits or transfers
  9. Repeat
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The Three Most Common Recruiting Pitfalls

There are three common mistakes athletes and families tend to make when it comes to recruiting. They are:

  1. Assuming someone else is handling their recruiting
  2. Not putting enough emphasis on academics
  3. Selling themselves short by not exploring all opportunities

For athletes, your high school or club coach will play a big role in your recruiting, but it is up to you to know where you want to go to school and your coaches can help you from there.

Despite what you may have heard, talent and athletic ability are only part of the package. Below average academics will seriously limit your options. Period.

Finally, it pays to seriously explore your all of your options. Many athletes start with just one or two target schools in mind only to find a college they love is one that wasn’t even on their radar.

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Consider the type of college experience you really want

Once an athlete has decided they want to commit to competing in college, it would be good idea to sit down with their parents and discuss some basic education goals and college preferences. This will help focus your school search and college coaches also like working with athletes who know what college experience they are looking for. Some of initial topics to consider would be:

  • Education/major Is there a field of study you are really passionate about?
  • Geography Would you like be close to home or across the country?
  • Experience Do you want to compete all four years? Do you want a sport/social balance?
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Searching for schools that offer the best fit

It should be no surprise that not everyone can compete at the Division I level. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of competitive programs at every NCAA level, also in the NAIA and many junior college programs.

Some of the oldest, but wisest recruiting advice is to ask yourself if you could be happy attending a school even if you could no longer play your sport.

Finding your best fit means really taking a close look at all the schools that offer what you’re looking for athletically and more importantly, academically. The goal is a four-year degree and a transfer can also extend your time in college and increase your expenses.

Transfers are not uncommon and some are made for really good reasons, but from a financial standpoint it is definitely worth investing some time to find a school where you can feel at home, enjoy the experience, get the education you want, and succeed in earning a degree in four years.

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Preparing for NCAA, NAIA academic eligibility

Next to highlight videos, your transcript is probably the most reviewed by college coaches. They want to know before they invest the time and effort in recruiting you that you will be academically eligible.

This is a good time to get to know your guidance counselor or advisor at your high school. They will be able to provide copies of your transcript. They can also be of assistance when it comes to preparing for NCAA and NAIA eligibility which is something athletes and their families need to review in early high school.

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Create a plan for taking your standardized test

Most colleges and universities accept both the SAT and or ACT. A good way to determine which test you should choose is to take the PSAT and Pre-ACT, which are the respective practice tests. If you do much better on the PSAT than the Pre-ACT, for example, you should consider the SAT over the ACT.

The best time for your student-athlete to take these practice tests is the summer before junior year. You will discover what sections they are lacking in and can prepare for those sections before taking the actual test for the first time.

It is preferred that student-athletes take the SAT or ACT at the beginning of their junior year. Student-athletes who are able to give coaches concrete test scores early on give themselves a leg up in the recruiting process, as it makes it easier for coaches to determine who to follow.

Another reason it’s important to take standardized tests during junior year is that many colleges have application deadlines of early November of your senior year; that doesn’t leave much time to get test scores up as a senior. It is recommended that you take the SAT or ACT again during your junior year if you’re looking to improve your score. When summer hits, if you’re still dissatisfied with your test scores, this is your chance to do final study prep for the beginning of your senior year. The last ACT for early action/decision is held in October; for the SAT, it’s October or November (depending on the college’s deadline). For regular-decision applicants, December of your senior year is the last time you can take the SAT or ACT.

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Create an online presence so college coaches can find and learn more about you

College recruiting begins early and for the majority of athletes it begins online. Recruiting budgets are tight and with so many prospects to review, many college programs begin their search and initial evaluation of recruits with information they find online. That’s why it is important to create a searchable online profile complete with the information coaches want to see including:

  • Name, high school, grad year, position
  • Physical stats (height, weight)
  • A key sport measurable (like 40-yard dash time)
  • Your high school transcript with GPA and ACT or SAT scores
  • Highlight video (if applicable)

NCSA provides a free recruiting profile to all of our members. More than 35,000 college coaches actively search NCSA profiles every year looking for athletes to fill their open roster spots.

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How social media is used in recruiting

Creating a good online presence also means taking a hard look at all of your social media accounts and making sure there is no content that may adversely affect your recruiting.

Most everyone is familiar with the stories of scholarships being pulled because of inappropriate posts, however, social media can also be a great recruiting tool. Well managed social media accounts can give coaches a good look at who you are as a person, demonstrate your maturity and passion for your sport, and how you treat others including teammates, coaches and parents.

Twitter over the last couple years has become a college coach favorite and often use this platform to follow and contact student-athletes by direct messages.

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Coaches need to see video

For many sports, coaches obviously want to see you in action and videos posted to your online profile make it easy for them to get a look. Keep in mind, coaches may be looking at dozens of videos at a clip, so it’s important to follow these rules when creating your highlight video:

  • Keep it short, 3-5 minutes at the most
  • Don’t save the best for last, put your best plays first
  • Keep the camera steady
  • Capture the play not just player

High production values, music, and graphics are not important. Keep in mind, coaches are not seeking out spectacular SportsCenter-type plays in game-winning situations. They want to see footwork, speed, size, athleticism, game intelligence, and solid fundamentals at your position.

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How to establish communication with college coaches

As you begin your recruiting efforts, you may often hear or read that, “If you’re good enough, coaches will find you.” While this is true for some elite athletes, the majority of high school athletes must reach out directly to college coaches to make their presence known.

Email is often a great first step. Before hitting send, make sure you’ve done your homework about the coach, the school, and the program. Include your basic athletic information and GPA. You should be able to explain why you are interested in the school and how you could contribute to the team. You should also include a link to your online profile as well as your best contact information.
Phone As you can imagine, a coach’s email is often stacked with incoming emails. What many athletes don’t know is that coaches receive very few phone calls from recruits. A phone call is a great way to introduce yourself in person and to make a memorable impression. But don’t pick up the phone until you are prepared with questions to ask the coach and also prepared for questions the coach may have for you. Chances are you may not got through the first time , so again, be prepared to leave a voice mail.
Social media Some athletes are reaching out and connecting with coaches through social media. Only reach out if you are active and monitor the channel (so you don’t miss any messages) and that there is nothing questionable posted in your account.
In person Camps and unofficial visits are a great time to introduce yourself to a college coach. Coaches understand you might be a little nervous, but if you’ve done your homework, don’t resort to one-word answers, and stay off your phone, it’s a great opportunity to make a personal connection with a college coach.
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The role of camps, combines, showcases and tournaments

One of the necessary parts of any well-rounded recruiting process is attending camps, combines, showcases and tournaments. These events give college coaches the opportunity to watch a large number of recruits in a single place or allow top recruits to compete against one another. The challenge for any family is deciding what events to attend. Here is a guide for understanding the value of different recruiting events:

  • College Camps – the camps hosted by individual colleges are great opportunities to get in front of a specific program. That said, you want to make sure you have a legitimate chance with any school before you invest in attending that camp.
  • 3rd Party Camps – The goal of these events can range from pure skill development to “made for recruiting” events where top recruits are brought in to compete against one another. Just be sure you are clear on what you want to get out of any camp you are attending and make sure that is what that camp is going to provide.
  • Combines – Coaches in many sports are starting to rely more and more on standardized athletic numbers like 40-time (football) and 60-yard time (baseball), for example. It is a great idea to get your combine numbers once or twice a year from events coach’s trust the stats are verified and accurate.
  • Showcases – These are made for recruiting events, popular in many sports. Whether conducted by your club or a 3rd party, these events attract several college coaches who all come to watch a group of recruits run through drills and compete. Make sure the coaches you are interested in or would be interested in are attending any showcase you would consider attending.
  • Tournaments – Large tournaments have become the go-to recruiting events for many college coaches.

Once you have decided on an event, make sure you contact coaches prior to the start to let them know you will be attending, and always follow-up with coaches afterward.

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This information briefly covers some of the major milestones and interactions that take place during a typical recruiting journey and having this knowledge now will help get your recruiting effort off to a great start.

If you have any more questions or would like more information about getting your recruiting plan in place, you can always contact NCSA at 1-866-495-5172.

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