Sports

NJ Legislation Could "Change the Landscape of High School Sports," Uncertain​ Future in​ Parsippany

ceffbdff7aee94ae613b_IMG_7396.JPG
Parsippany Vikings Credits: tapinto parsippany
ceffbdff7aee94ae613b_IMG_7396.JPG

​PARSIPPANY, NJ - ​State legislation that​ would​ allow school districts with multiple high schools to pool athletic resources and form cooperative sports teams could have a big impact on Parsippany.

The potentially ground-breaking changes to the state's high school athletic program are about to hit the desk of Gov. Chris Christie, after they passed the General Assembly and State Senate on Monday.

Under the proposals, local high schools which are part of a multi-secondary school district, will be allowed to pool together their athletic resources to create a combined football team.

Sign Up for E-News

The bill is aimed at reversing the Fall 2017 NJSIAA decision that prevented West Windsor-Plainsboro High School from fielding a varsity football program due to a decline in participation.

It is sponsored by Assemblyman Daniel Benson (D-Trenton) and Assemblywoman Annette Quijano (D-Union).

However, it is uncertain how these proposals would affect the Parsippany-Troy Hills Public School District, which includes two high schools.

NJSIAA procedures used to prohibit schools that are designated sized “Group 3 or higher” from forming a “co-op” with other schools for football. However, during a vote at its December business meeting, NJSIAA member schools voted to allow schools to combine teams, but not be eligible for the state tournament.

According to NJSIAA executive director Larry White, the bill will “grant super powers” to the 20 school districts that have multiple high schools.

“As background, these bills would allow schools within the same school district to merge teams for any varsity-level sport, with neither external oversight nor review,”

White said in an op-ed last week. “The result would grant 20 multi-school districts, unilateral, unchecked super powers over 415 other schools and hundreds of thousands of children.

“For those living within one of 20 school districts with multiple high schools, the proposed legislation could close the door to playing opportunities for your kids. For those residing outside one of the aforementioned school districts, this legislation will give those 20 districts authority and powers you simply do not have, as they expose your children to unfair competition, all without oversight or review.”

Quijano said the bill is an opportunity for all students to participate in varsity athletics.

“All students within a school district should have equal access to extracurricular programs regardless of which school in the district they attend,” she said. “This bill is just plain old common sense.”

White and the NJSIAA believe this bill will have the same outcome as the “school choice” legislation that allowed certain school districts to enroll students from outside of boundaries.

According to the NJSIAA, the school choice program directly led to state championships for the Bound Brook wrestling program and Hoboken football program.

Multiple reports suggest Christie will sign be the bill before he leaves office next week.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Parsippany

Guest Column: The Great "Wait" of the College Process

February 14, 2018

"The Great Wait" of the College Application Process

For all the high school seniors and their parents, we are in the stressful "waiting period".  We've just finished or are finishing applications to all the schools we might possibly want to attend next year and now sit and wait our fate after the $60-$80 non-refundable application fees to at least 8-13 schools and ...

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_3bc1780a8bd0f506493e_image1

Fri, February 23, 5:00 PM

Rainbow Lakes Firehouse, Denville

Fish and Chips Fundraiser

Giving Back Police & Fire

How's the Change Going that the New Mayor Promised

February 20, 2018

To the Editor,

We have a new mayor in Parsippany. A democrat, no less, who ran on a platform
of cleaning up the town.  People voted for him looking for a change.  Let's see
how that's working out..

A heavy-duty money man now has a job with the park commission. He then took 
care of his senior leg man.  The mayor looked through the archives of the town
and ...

MAN CHARGED WITH SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A MINOR

February 22, 2018

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Chief Darren P. Dachisen, Sr. of the Borough of Madison Police Department announce the arrest of Juan Chavez Osorio, age 18, of Madison, New Jersey, on numerous charges of Sexual Assault, Criminal Sexual Contact and Endangering the Welfare of a Child, related to allegations involving an underage female.   

It is alleged that the ...

Law Enforcement Night on March 2, 2018

LAW ENFORCEMENT NIGHT

March 2 at 7 pm

MENNEN ARENA

161 E. Hanover Avenue, Morristown, NJ

The Morris Area Coalition for Education and Positive Choices is rapidly becoming a household name in Morris County.  Word is spreading about the many initiatives being instituted by this unique, powerful group that provides the community with facts and information in the fight against drug ...

Freeholder plays for US Chess Team Championship

PARSIPPANY, NJ - Somerset County Freeholder Brian D. Levine will return to playing tournament chess, after a twenty-year hiatus, on the team of International Master Dean Ippolito; the team name is “Dean of Chess – Makatenas.”  The tournament, which is the United States Chess Team Tournament Championship, is being held at the Parsippany Hilton over the President’s ...

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp Appointed to New Jersey Criminal Sentencing and Disposition Commission

MORRISTOWN, NJ - On the morning of Sunday, February 11th 2018, Governor Phil Murphy held a press conference at the Messiah Baptist Church in East Orange to announce that he was going to reconvene the New Jersey Criminal Justice Sentencing and Disposition Commission. Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp and MCPO Detective Patrick LaGuerre, formerly a member of the East Orange Police Department, ...

Bergman Real Estate Group Marks Year-End with over 100 Lease Transactions

WOODBRIDGE, N.J. February 15, 2018 -- Bergman Real Estate Group, a real estate investment and management firm based in Woodbridge, New Jersey, announced an impressive number of end-of-year lease transactions and capital improvement projects for 2017.

The privately-owned real estate investment firm completed over 100 lease transactions in 2017, totaling 350,000 square feet throughout its New ...