MOREHEAD CITY — Four states over the past two weeks have pushed high school football to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Illinois High School Association announced Wednesday that all sports will be altered to four shortened seasons (fall, winter, spring and summer) with football beginning in the spring.
Golf, girls tennis, cross country and girls swimming and diving will remain in the fall under the IHSA plan.
Illinois is the sixth state, joining California, Nevada, New Mexico, Virginia and Washington to shift the football season to the spring. The District of Columbia has done the same.
Nevada joined those ranks Thursday.
The Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association pushed winter sports to a January start, fall sports to a February start, and spring sports to an April start.
Each season will be six weeks in duration, and playoffs will be at the discretion of the individual regions. The NIAA does not anticipate state championships will be held.
On Tuesday, July 21, the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association announced a plan to completely restructure the 2020-21 sports season, including moving football to March.
Instead of a three-season sports calendar, the state has been reorganized into four with football, girls and boys soccer, and volleyball moving to early March through early May.
Washington will have a fall season but only with non-contact sports such as cross country, slow-pitch softball, girls swimming, golf and tennis.
On Monday, July 20, California squeezed all three of its seasons into a two-season schedule running from January to June with football starting up around the New Year.
Included in the fall season for the California Interscholastic Federation is football, volleyball and cross country, among others. The spring season will include soccer, wrestling, basketball, baseball and softball, among others.
The football section playoffs would end April 10 and regional/state championships April 17.
New York, Wisconsin and New Jersey are planning to have fall football but have pushed those seasons far back. New York will start Sept. 21, Wisconsin on Sept. 23 and New Jersey on Oct. 2.
Massachusetts’ largest classes (5A, 6A) will start on Sept. 24 with the other classes starting on Sept. 8.
A number of other states have yet to determine when football will be played.