ISHA Denies Chicago Public Schools Athletes’ Request to Take Part in Playoffs

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An attorney representing Chicago Public Schools cross country student athletes filed an emergency injunction in court on Friday to allow athletes to take part in state tournaments after the Illinois High School Association rejected their request. 

In accordance with IHSA policy, hundreds of CPS athletes weren’t allowed to take part in competitions during the Chicago Teachers Union strike, which ended Oct. 31. On Friday morning, the IHSA board rejected the schools’ request to allow CPS cross country programs to take part in Sectional races on Nov. 2.

In denying the request, IHSA Executive Board Craig Anderson said the board “did not believe it would be equitable to provide relief for cross country when no remedy exists for other impacted sports like boys soccer, girls volleyball and girls tennis.”

A judge will consider the emergency injunction at 4:30 p.m. Friday, according to the students’ attorney.

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Judge Rules Against Students Athletes

On Oct. 25, Cook County Judge Eve Reilly ruled against athletes from Jones College Prep who filed a lawsuit in hope of being able to participate in tournaments. 

The IHSA board previously voted to waive the eight-game requirement for CPS football teams, allowing them to take part in the playoffs if the strike was settled by Nov. 1. 

The IHSA board plans to review its strike policy and discuss possible amendments at future meetings, according to a statement from its executive director. 

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