BASKING RIDGE, NJ — After two and a half weeks in which no practices could take place, the resumption of preparation for all Ridge High School outdoor fall sports began this week.
The NJSIAA pushed back by nearly a month the start of the fall sports seasons, and also curtailed those seasons from the normal length of a fall season, because of COVID-19 and the adjustments that state schools are making as they operate under varying teaching models in 2020.
Two indoor sports normally contested in the fall, gymnastics and girls volleyball, have been tabled until late next winter.
Practices will continue until Ridge teams play scrimmages leading up to the start of their regular seasons the last week of September. The football team, under new head coach Andy West, will scrimmage on the road against Hunterdon Central at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 24.
The girls' and boys' soccer teams each will have home scrimmages on Sept. 25 at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., respectively. The cross country team will have a scrimmage meet at Westfield on Sept. 26. The field hockey team will have a home scrimmage on Sept. 29 against Bernards.
The first regular-season sporting event scheduled for Ridge High School is the football team's opener against Bridgewater-Raritan on Friday, Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. That is one day after the projected resumption of hybrid school instruction, when Bernards Township schools will reopen to students for partial in-class learning. All district students are taking classes online in September.