ROBBINSVILLE, NJ - The following statement was released on April 10 by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association regarding the potential of high school sports returning to competition.
“The return-to-school date and related public health guidelines will continue to determine the viability of a spring sports season. As noted, NJSIAA is committed to doing whatever is possible to provide New Jersey’s student-athletes with some type of spring season.
“Along with our leagues and conferences, NJSIAA has determined and communicated with member schools that if competitive events are possible, they will conclude no later than June 30. Various models have been established based on potential return dates that range from mid-May to the end of that month, and leagues and conferences will be given substantial scheduling flexibility.
“Depending on the eventual date of return, a modified tournament may be offered, subject to availability of venues and ability to comply with any health-related restrictions that may still be in effect. At this stage, based on the return date, post-season play could range from a sectional tournament to only regular season play without a post-season.
“All sports, except golf, would be subject to a six-day, mandatory practice period.
“NJSIAA will continue holding teleconferences and virtual meetings with leaders of our various leagues and conferences to monitor the situation and assess options.”
"Every representative involved in Tuesday's meeting contributed their thoughts and ideas to come up with this plan of action," said Stan Fryczynski, who represented the NJIC at the meeting. "Under the circumstances that we are in, I think everyone contributed with both their hearts and the heads. Each section of the statement released by the NJSIAA was carefully designed to be able to offer some type of athletic competition for our student-athletes, providing we can salvage any of existing days left in the school year."
"The Heights coaches and myself are eager for a return to the fields once the professionals deem it safe to return, " stated Hasbrouck Heights Athletic Director Mike Scuilla. I think the thought process by the NJSIAA committee is right on point as to what is possible with different return dates."
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