A proposal says is to limit contact and use of shoulder pads during football summer conditioning was referred to a vote of the general membership, the Illinois High School Association's legislative commission voted in a special session Tuesday.
The proposal would amend the IHSA constitution and by-laws. The modification of Proposal 9, which was presented to member school personnel at 28 town meetings held around the state during the month of November. The original Proposal 9 did not appear on the ballot with other proposals in December.
The ballot containing the proposal will be available to each member school's official representative in the IHSA's online Schools Center, beginning Wednesday, March 19. The deadline to submit the ballot is midnight, April 18. The ballots will be tabulated and the results posted on Monday, April 21. A simple majority of votes cast will determine whether the proposal passes.
T.F. South football coach and Mount Carmel coach Frank Lenti said his team does not use the allotted 25 summer days and do not wear equipment except for shoulder pads in the summer.
"We walk through, use tackling dummies," Padjen said. "We do not put our kids in equipment."
Lenti said he only started using helmets a few years ago.
"We did that because a few kids chipped teeth and got a few fat lips," Lenti said. "We go to Richards' 7-on-7 and teams don't wear helmets there."
Marian coach Jerry Verde said he and most coaches do not go full contact.
"All team work is done with a 'thud as opposed to what is being considered full contact," Verde said. "However, drill work needs to be full contact. Coaches that understand safety, do this drill work at no more than five yards apart.
"In order for kids to be safe during the season, the drill work and technique needs contact. That being said, we will abide by whatever rule is decided upon."
T.F. South opens with win: T.F. South beat Glenbard South, 7-1, and tied York, 4-4, to open the season.
The Rebels had double winners in Jessica Gomez, Cassie Breshock and Jenna Pasko in singles.
Cameron Crosby and Paula Rodriguez each won twice in doubles.