SECAUCUS, NJ - The North Jersey Interscholastic Conference has released revised soccer schedules for both the boys and girls teams due to the COVID-19 pandemic in an announcement to the media Thursday afternoon.
According to NJIC Executive Director Stan Fryczynski, the adjustments, which for the 2020 season dismantled the original divisions and created six new divisions, where done for the following reasons.
“They are meant to have our schools travel as few miles as possible,” Fryczynski stated. “Safety was the main concern in assembling these. Keeping the schedules as compact as possible and the smallest amount of travel time needed for athletes and coaches to be on school buses. Being that they can play a few times each week, we felt the need to be concerned with the time issue. We also realize every school district and leasing company will face different bus "social distancing" regulations. Transportation costs are going to be huge for all.”
A Focus on league play
“They allow everyone to focus on league play and an opportunity for a divisional crown,” Fryczynski stated. “ Games can be rescheduled if rained out (NJSIAA provides for two - 3 week game allowances) and there is room for some independent scheduling or crossovers within the NJIC as well.”
Fryczynski also noted that schools that had been granted independent status had been inserted back into the schedules due to difficulties these schools would have in developing a season this fall.
Wood-Ridge and Hasbrouck Heights will be in the same division for both the boys and girls teams.
One difference is that aside from Wood-Ridge and Hasbrouck Heights, the rest of the schedules will differ, as the Boys will be in a five-team division with St. Mary (Ruth), Becton, and Weehawken. The girls will face Saddle Brook, Immaculate Concepcion, Lodi and Garfield
|Boys NJIC Soccer Schedule|
|10/1/20||Becton at Hasbrouck Heights||Open|
|10/5/20||Open||Weehawken at Wood-Ridge|
|10/7/20||Hasbrouck Heights at St. Mary||Wood-Ridge at Becton|
|10/12/20||Weehawken at Hasbrouck Heights||Wood-Ridge at St. Mary|
|10/14/20||Hasbrouck Heights at Wood-Ridge|
|10/19/20||Hasbrouck Heights at Becton||Open|
|10/21/20||Open||Wood-Ridge at Weehawken|
|10/26/20||St. Mary at Hasbrouck Heights||Becton at Wood-Ridge|
|10/28/20||Hasbrouck Heights at Weehawken||St. Mary at Wood-Ridge|
|11/2/20||Wood-Ridge at Hasbrouck Heights|
|GIRLS NJIC Soccer Schedule|
|10/2/20||Wood-Ridge at Hasbrouck Heights|
|10/6/20||Hasbrouck Heights at Garfield||Lodi at Wood-Ridge|
|10/8/20||Hasbrouck Heights at Lodi||Saddle Brook at Wood-Ridge|
|10/13/20||Immaculate Conception at Hasbrouck Heights||Wood-Ridge at Garfield|
|10/15/20||Hasbrouck Heights at Saddle Brook||Immaculate Conception at Wood-Ridge|
|10/20/20||Hasbrouck Heights at Wood-Ridge|
|10/22/20||Garfield at Hasbrouck Heights||Wood-Ridge at Lodi|
|10/27/20||Lodi at Hasbrouck Heights||Wood-Ridge at Saddle Brook|
|10/29/20||Hasbrouck Heights at Immaculate Conception||Garfield at Wood-Ridge|
|11/3/20||Saddle Brook at Habrouck Heights||Wood-Ridge at Immaculate Conception|
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