IHSA Mask Guidance

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.