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High school basketball: IHSA will push back voting on state tourney bids

Determining the site for the girls and boys basketball state tournaments will be put on hold by the IHSA because of health concerns with COVID-19.

IHSA executive director Craig Anderson issued a statement Tuesday about the selection process. Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Tuesday the stay-at-home order to help limit the spread of the coronavirus would be extended from April 7 to April 30.

The IHSA was supposed to vote on bids to host the girls and boys tournaments at its April 21 meeting, which now will be held via an online format. Anderson did not think it was fair to those bidding to host the tournaments to not meet in person, so the vote will be delayed.

“Because of the time, effort and resources that each community and venue has invested into their respective hosting bids, I believe it is vital that the IHSA board be able to meet in person to vote on the state basketball bids,” Anderson said. “I want them to be unencumbered in their discussion, as well as to get clarity on any questions they may have on the bids. As convenient as online meeting resources are, I do sometimes have concerns that they stifle conversation, especially with a group as large as ours.

“As a result, there will be no vote on the state basketball hosting bids as the April board meeting. Like so many of the scheduling impasses we find ourselves at, it is difficult to pinpoint an exact time when the announcement may come. The next scheduled board meeting is on June 15, but that does not necessarily mean that is the earliest a decision could come. The board meeting could be altered or a special meeting could be called. Please know that we want to make the decision as soon as possible and we will get you that information as soon as it is available. At that time, we will also lay out a plan on media availability surrounding the announcement.”

Illinois State University in Normal has hosted the girls tournaments since 1992. The boys tournaments have been played in Carver Arena at the Peoria Civic Center since 1996.

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