How CPS football teams could practice during the Chicago teachers strike

The Illinois High School Association’s bylaws do allow for football teams to practice during a teachers strike.

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Payton’s Sage Shindler (9) celebrates with his team after winning the game against Clark.

Payton’s Sage Shindler (9) celebrates with his team after winning the game against Clark.

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The Illinois High School Association’s bylaws do allow for football teams to practice during a teachers strike.

The practices must be approved by the local board of education, in this case Chicago Public Schools, as well as school administrators. The practices must be conducted by coaches that meet the IHSA’s qualification of coaches bylaw, which is below.

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Several of the 19 teams, including Phillips, Taft, Payton and Kenwood have non-Chicago Teachers Union coaches that meet that criteria. It’s possible not all the teams have coaches that could step in.

Payton football coach George Klupchak began drawing attention to the possibility on Twitter on Tuesday night.

“If the strike is going to end Friday and the Board of Education didn’t give us a chance to practice the last three days that would be a shame,” Klupchak said. “We are planning to meet at 7:30 tonight, hoping the strike is over or the Board of Education realizes that they can let us practice.”

The IHSA’s bylaws require a football team to have three practices before playing a game if the team hasn’t practiced in seven days. CPS teams have now missed 11 days of practice due to the strike, so the rule kicks in. Unless the teams practice on Wednesday they will not have enough days to get three practices in before the playoff games on Saturday.

IHSA spokesperson Matt Troha said Tuesday afternoon that it would be possible for football teams to practice on Wednesday even though classes were canceled due to the strike.

“If [the CPS and CTU] settle late [Tuesday] or at a reasonable time [Wednesday] for the teams to gather and practice, that would meet our policy,” Troha said.

The IHSA is expected to release what that “reasonable time” is later today.

CPS teams in state playoff games

Class 8A

Taft at Huntley

Curie at Homewood-Flossmoor

Class 7A

Lincoln-Way West at Phillips

Lincoln Park at Rolling Meadows

Class 6A

Lakes at Simeon

Mather at Antioch

Riverside-Brookfield at Kenwood

Morgan Park at East St. Louis

Class 5A

Fenwick at Payton

Hyde Park at Rockford Boylan

Marmion at Amundsen

Class 4A

Phoenix at Coal City

Kewanee at Ag. Science

Clark at St. Francis

Sullivan at IC Catholic

Class 3A

Carver at Paxton-Buckley-Loda

Harlan at Durand

Dunbar at Eureka

Class 2A

Orr at St. Edward

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