Earlier today Tracie Henry, Assistant Executive Director of Softball for the IHSA, released additional guidance on mask-wearing during high school softball contests. Following guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health the following guidance was provided:
Officials must wear a mask when:
Entering and exiting the field
During the pre-game meeting
During close conversation with coaches, team personnel, or conferring with other umpires
Officials do not need to wear a mask when:
When changing in a locker room or at your vehicle
While actively officiating the game
Futhermore, umpires are not responsible for monitoring mask requirements or social distance expectations in the bench/dugout area or with spectators. Those responsibilities fall upon coaches and school administrators.
El Paso-Gridley becomes the first of the Heart of Illinois Conference schools to return to CISassigning for the 2022 season.
After discussion with El Paso-Gridley, CISassigning will be handling contests for the district for the Spring of 2022. The game schedule has been provided and is available on the Available Games page. Because these dates are in 2022, and the Spring 2021 season is still being sorted out, these games will not be assigned until the weekend of April 17, 2021 at the earliest.
If you are a CISassigning umpire and are interested in applying for games, please do so within the next week. If you know umpires who might be interested in joining the CISassigning umpire ranks, please direct them to the Registration page.
The IHSA has announced that it will move forward with planning a postseason for Spring sports. Though details are not available yet, we do know that the Spring softball season is scheduled to end June 26.
As a result, a number of schools will be cancelling their later-scheduled games. Note that we don’t have enough information yet to know if the IHSA will maintain its normal staggered schedule for 1A/2A vs 3A/4A. Keep your calendars up-to-date to games that may be scheduled in June.
On Monday the IHSA announced that outdoor Spring sports could increase attendance from 50 persons to 20% of venue attendance.
As reported on CIproud.com, “IHSA guidelines will still require all student-athletes to participate in masks, except for swimming & diving, gymnasts on an apparatus, and outdoor events where social distancing can occur. All game personnel not participating in the contest will also be required to wear masks and adhere to social distancing.”
As everyone knows by now, the IHSA 2020 season won’t start until May 2020. There is still uncertainty about the impact of a late-starting season on travel softball and other high school sports. In addition, with high school football moving to the Spring, there will be additional impacts to the availability of officials across all sports.
Due to this uncertainty, and the late start of the season, I will be canceling all softball games in Arbiter through the end of April. That will clear your calendars for other assignors to schedule you without seeing you’re booked.
When I get more information and adjusted schedules from schools, games will be assigned following the standard process.
Today I was notified of a data breach at ArbiterSports. To be as safe as possible, you should change your password to ArbiterSports. If you used the same password anywhere else, you should change that as well.