IHSA announces high school basketball will start next month

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) – Despite the Illinois Department of Public Health’s decision to rate basketball a high-risk activity, the Illinois High School Association has decided the state’s high schools will have a basketball season. The IHSA made the decision to ignore the state order after a special board meeting Wednesday. IHSA officials say they were caught off-guard by the move Tuesday by Gov. J.B. Pritzker and the health department to rate basketball a high-risk activity. It meant athletes couldn’t do more than participate in non-contact workouts. Practice for boys and girls basketball is scheduled to begin Nov. 16, with games being played by Nov. 30.