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#222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">When high school sports resume, Illinois student-athletes will find a new hate speech
#222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;" />#222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">policy waiting.

#222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;" />#222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">The Illinois High School Association has implemented an official “hate speech and
#222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;" />#222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">harassment policy,” which will be in effect for all state series post-season events and
#222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;" />#222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">tournaments.

#222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;" />#222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">“It can be a verbal or non-verbal action towards a person based on their, their sex, their
#222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;" />#222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">gender orientation, race, religion, creed, all those types of things,” said Matt Troha,
#222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;" />#222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">assistant executive director of the IHSA. “I think at the end of the day, it’s one of those
#222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;" />#222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">things where when you hear it or when you see it, you sorta know it.”

#222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;" />#222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">Confirmed violations will result in player ejection and a minimum one-game suspension.
#222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;" />#222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">But Troha says one of the main goals is to turn this into an educational experience for any
#222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;" />#222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">students involved.

#222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;" />#222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">“We’re dealing with teenagers when it comes to our student-athletes,” Troha said. “They
#222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;" />#222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">may say or do something they may not realize is offensive. It gives us an opportunity to
#222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;" />#222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">address it. It could be a … reference to something else that we as school administrators or
#222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;" />#222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">officials may not understand. And we can clarify that.”

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#222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;" />#222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">At the moment, the organization does not intend to make reported violations of the
#222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;" />#222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">policy public.

#222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;" />#222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">“We view it as an internal, private matter between ourselves and whatever schools might
#222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;" />#222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">be involved,” Troha said. “Our goal is not to publicly shame anyone. We want people to
#222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;" />#222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">know why it’s wrong and we want them to grow from it and hopefully become better
#222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;" />#222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">citizens because of it.”

#222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;" />#222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">Players also can report “hate speech” to officials during the game or to coaches or school
#222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;" />#222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">officials after the contest has concluded.

#222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;" />#222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">“Anytime that happens, within 24 hours, we’re going to alert the schools involved,”
#222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;" />#222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">Troha said. “The athletic directors are then going to take over at their particular schools
#222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;" />#222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">on the education piece, getting their team and coach together and going through what
#222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;" />#222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">happened and why it’s wrong. Potentially, there could be repercussions at a school level
#222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;" />#222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">as well.”

#222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;" />#222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">The policy contains a definition of “hate speech,” but officials say interpretation largely
#222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;" />#222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">will be left to game officials. Plans are taking shape to provide some training and
#222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;" />#222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">guidance.

#222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;" />#222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">“For our officials, we’re already in the early stages of putting together some
#222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;" />#222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">communications and may follow up too with some direct videos after that to just to give
#222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;" />#222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">them a better idea of what’s expected and what we’re trying to address by adding this
#222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;" />#222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">policy,” Troha said.

#222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;" />#222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">The policy will not cover regular-season games, unless individual conferences develop
#222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;" />#222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">their own regulations.

#222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;" />#222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">“I think one of the outcomes that we hope to see is that by talking about this, hopefully
#222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;" />#222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">more conferences will follow suit,” Troha said. “That they’ll see the value in potentially
#222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;" />#222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">implementing it in their conference or in their school.”

#222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;" />#222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">Officials said false allegations of “hate speech” by players likely won’t be a problem because
#222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;" />#222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">the policy does not provide any kind of incentive or game advantage.

#222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;" />#222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">An ejection only will occur if an official hears the violation or if the accused player
#222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;" />#222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">admits to the offense.

#222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;" />#222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">“We do’t have a lot of incidences of this that come across our desks at the IHSA,” Troha
#222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;" />#222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">said. “We may hear about one or two a year or something like that. We wanted to have
#222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;" />#222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">something more stringent on the books, and to add that educational component.”

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