Some fans will be allowed to watch high school volleyball starting this week.
With state health officials easing some restrictions on the size of gatherings, Okawville High School announced that up to 250 fans can now attend Lady Rocket volleyball matches. This applies only to home fans, as visiting fans will not be allowed for events.
Previously, stricter guidelines had severely limited the number of people who could gather indoors to view sporting events.
Football and volleyball, which are offered as fall sports in normal years, opened their seasons last week. Teams will play a limited schedule in March and early April, though neither will have a postseason this year.
Traditional spring sports, which were entirely cancelled last year in the early days of the pandemic, are set to begin in April.
The Illinois High School Association set the start date for practice for baseball, softball, and track and field for April 5. All three seasons will run through the month of May, with postseason action set for early June.
Junior high girls’ basketball is also currently in season. The smaller size of the gymnasiums mean that the loosened restrictions enjoyed by high school volleyball will not be offered for fans.