EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - With the much anticipated solar eclipse taking place on Monday, August 21 between 1:20 p.m. and 4:10 p.m. (EDT), NJSIAA Medical Advisory Committee Chair Dr. Jack Kripsak advised NJSIAA members to proceed with caution. East Brunswick Athletic Director Christopher Yannazzo assures EB parents and athletes that they will be safe: "All of our athletes will be off the field by 1pm on Monday. Coaches and trainers will be talking to the students about protecting their eyes during this time and not looking directly at the sun during the eclipse."
Kripsak warned that while the eclipse won’t interfere with daily activities, looking directly into the corona visible around the edge of the moon can result in irreversible severe eye damage.
NJSIAA has asked athletic directors and coaches to educate students and plan scrimmages and practice times accordingly, since unusual darkness will occur during the eclipse.
As a result, students without proper guidance or eyewear could be at risk. Of note, not all sunglasses provide proper protection; Business Insider provides a list of approved eclipse eye protection.
Additional safety information on the solar eclipse can be found on NASA.com.