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Historic Vote by NJSIAA Aims to Separate Public and Non-Public High School Sports Teams

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EDISON, NJ – In a groundbreaking move, New Jersey high school athletic directors and principals voted to implement new policy changes across high school athletics at the state’s annual membership meeting on Monday at the Pines Manor in Edison.

According to the NJSIAA, of the five proposals facing a public vote, member schools voted to pass four new mandates involving fall and winter start dates, football and wrestling, while failing to pass a new student transfer policy.

During the vote, NJSIAA membership voted to pass two new policies designed to separate public and non-public schools in two sports.

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Beginning in the 2016-17 seasons, public and non-public football schools will split into their own respective conferences, with a statewide, non-public conference being created. Additionally, the NJSIAA will create non-public wrestling district and regional tournaments.

Membership schools also voted against amending the state’s transfer policy. The change is intended to curtail what some officials across the state view as a transfer epidemic.

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