Message from Sam Knox, Assistant Executive Director, Illinois High School Association

At its meeting on August 24, the IHSA board of directors approved these changes that directly affect over 10,000 officials.
 
No late fees in the 2020-21 school year
Officials must still be licensed with the IHSA in order to officiate high school, middle school, or jr. high school contests. 
However, with the uncertainty of some sports seasons this school year, officials can wait until a season actually arrives before they renew their registration.
        Please remember that officials are required to pass the state-mandated concussion exam every two years.
      Many officials will need to pass the concussion exam this school year in order to officiate. 
 
Financial credits for cancelled sports
If certain sports are completely cancelled during the 2020-21 school year, officials who are licensed in those sports will receive a credit for the 2021-22 school year.
It’s likely that the IHSA won’t be able to credit the entire cost of the license, especially if an official received rule books, case books, etc.
Credits will be based on each individual’s situation, depending if he/she is a one-sport official or a multi-sport official.
If certain sports are cancelled, and the IHSA issues credits, officials will be able to redeem the credit when they renew for the 2021-22 school year.
 
Renewal period for the 2021-22 school year begins July 1, 2021
IHSA spring sports are slated to run in May and June of 2021.
Therefore, officials will be able to renew their 2020-21 spring sports licenses as late as June 15, 2021 with no late fee.
Officials will be able to renew for the 2021-22 school year beginning July 1, 2021.
The renewal period for the 2021-22 school year will run July 1-31, 2021.
 
Price increase for rule books and case books
The cost of a rule book and case book increases from $7 to $9 each.
This price increase is only for books that officials purchase in addition to their license renewal.
In most sports, officials receive a rule book and case book every other year as a part of their renewal.
The cost of an overall official’s license will not increase as a part of this change.
 
Hate speech policy
The IHSA board of directors approved language regarding a hate speech policy for postseason contests.
The policy aims at eliminating hate speech between opponents and teammates during a contest.
Officials now have specific responsibilities when they hear this type of unacceptable language from participants or coaches.
Look for more information about this policy in the near future.
 
Thanks for all you do for our schools and our kids.
 Sam Knox
Assistant Executive Director
Illinois High School Association

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