Posted on April 21, 2020 · Posted in Athletic News, News

Today, the IHSA Board of Directors made the decision to cancel all spring sports’ state tournaments. This is
in response to the governor’s decision to continue at-home e-learning through the remainder of the 2019-
20 school year. Additionally, the IHSA has suspended summer contact days until state government and
health officials ease restrictions that would allow for these gatherings. Should restrictions be lifted, the IHSA
has also allowed for the possibility of some sort of spring sports contests taking place this spring or summer.

What does this mean for St. Laurence? Basically, the Board’s decision means that there will be no
postseason for any spring sports; but, if restrictions are lifted, schools will have the option of competing in
contests this summer. No school is currently allowed to participate in any contests. As of now, no summer
camps or any other contact can take place for any sport as well.

We are devastated for all of our spring student-athletes, especially our seniors, as they will not be able to
compete for a state championship this spring. While there are many hurdles to overcome, we are
appreciative of the IHSA for leaving the door open for contests to take place this summer. St. Laurence
intends to make every effort to allow every spring sport to have at least one competition before the summer
is over. However, we will defer to state and local government and health officials and only proceed if it is
deemed safe to do so by the experts. While we want nothing more than to see our spring student-athletes
competing, their health and well-being will always be our number one priority.

In light of today’s statement from the IHSA, we do have some questions that we will be seeking answers and
further clarification. We will continue to provide updates, as this is a fluid situation.

In the end, we continue to be amazed by our student-athletes and coaches who have stayed so engaged and
as optimistic as possible during this terrible pandemic. We can never make up for the games lost, but we can
do everything in our power to provide hope for our student-athletes. We encourage our student-athletes to
keep attending virtual practices and team meetings, completing online workouts, and working on their skills
at home as we remain hopeful that they will get to return to action before the summer is over.

Our prayers continue to be with our student-athletes, medical professionals, first responders, essential
workers, and anyone impacted by COVID-19.

Any athletic related questions can be directed to athletic director Tim Chandler at
tchandler@stlaurence.com.