QUINCY -- The Quincy Park District has announced that it has canceled all fall youth and adult sports because of restrictions regarding league sports during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Because of new restrictions issued Wednesday by Gov. J.B. Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health, the district decided to cancel the leagues for the safety of participants, spectators and staff.
The restrictions from the state break down sports down into three tiers: low, medium and high risk. Sports considered low risk include golf, tennis, cross country, baseball and softball. Basketball, volleyball and soccer are among sports grouped in the medium risk tier, while football, wrestling and competitive cheerleading and dance are considered high risk.
The tiers are then broken down further into levels of play allowed. At Level 1, only non-contact practices and trainings may occur. In Level 2, teams are allowed to have intra-team scrimmages, with parental consent necessary for minors.
Level 3 allows teams to compete within their conferences or against other teams in their EMS region in the state, but no conference or state championships are allowed for anything other than sports considered low risk. Level 4 equates to full return to sports activities.
The new restrictions go into place on Aug. 15.
The Park District said that it will issue refunds to those who have signed up. The refund process is expected to be completed within 60 days. Anyone with questions regarding their registration should contact the Park District at email@example.com or call 217-223-7703.