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New Steroid Policy

With statistics of 1 in 13 student-athletes use steroids being reported (http://www.qctimes.com/articles/2008/05/26/sports/varsity/doc4838e96b5a4d9732936339.txt), Illinois High School Association will begin random testing for steroids and performance-enhancing dietary supplements of teams and individuals qualifying for state finals competition starting fall 2008.

Any student-athlete who ingests or otherwise uses any of the banned substances on the associationís banned list, without written permission by a licensed physician, to treat a medical condition, violates IHSA Bylaw 2.170 and its subsections, and is subject to IHSA penalties, including ineligibility from competition. The results of all tests shall be considered confidential and shall only be disclosed to the student, his or her parents, and his or her school.

No student-athlete may participate in IHSA state series competition
unless the student and the studentís parent (or guardian) consent to random testing. The form can be downloaded from

The student would be ineligible for 365 days from the date the test results were reported to the student and the school.

The student may then apply for reinstatement of athletic eligibility after 90 calendar days, following the successful completion of an approved educational program and a negative test for performance-enhancing drugs.

The board determined that any team penalties would be determined by the executive director on a case-by-case basis under the provisions of Article 1.460 of the IHSA Constitution.

The board also approved the National Center for Drug Free Sport to provide testing services when the program is implemented in the 2008-09 school term, and approved the language of the random testing consent form that each student and his/her guardian will be required to sign to maintain athletic eligibility.

A complete list of the current IHSA Banned Substance List can be
accessed at

For further information on IHSA policies or penalties IHSA at  www.ihsa.org.