ROBBINSVILLE, NJ - The New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) released the following statement on May 8 pertaining to permissible contact between high school athletes and coaches. Since the NJSIAA officially canceled the 2020 spring athletic season, the organization is allowing coaches from not only the fall, but the winter and spring seasons, to contact their athletes.

“Given the current level of uncertainty, NJSIAA is – at the present time -- providing general, short-term guidance and information. At the same time, the organization is developing various scenarios and plans related to a potential, fall return to school and sports.

“NJSIAA strongly believes that students – both as individuals and as a team -- are well served by appropriate, virtual interaction with their coaches. Therefore, for the period from May 11 to June 15, NJSIAA will permit all school district-approved coaches to have virtual contact with all current high school student-athletes. This will be the case with any and all sports. Athletic directors have been encouraged to communicate with administration regarding virtual contact plans, with the understanding that safe, appropriate communication between coaches and student-athletes must be a priority. Of note, any communication with current eighth grade students – beyond discussion of start dates, sign-ups, and physicals -- is currently prohibited.”

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