NEW JERSEY - Young athletes held out hope that spring sports would have a chance during the pandemic. That changed on Monday as the spring scholastic sports season ended with the announcement by Governor Phil Murphy - schools in the state will remain closed for the rest of academic year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Murphy also stated that the NJSIAA Medical Board advised that the spring season should not be played due to the lack of testing, viable treatments and an effective vaccine.

“I know the NJSIAA took no pleasure in reaching that conclusion,” Murphy said in his press conference. “Frankly, neither do I in stating it.”

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NJSIAA released a statement:

 “Following today’s announcement by Governor Murphy, the NJSIAA has officially canceled New Jersey’s 2020 high school spring sports season.  This decision was not made lightly and we are disappointed for the thousands of New Jersey student-athletes who will be unable to compete this spring. While we remained hopeful to the end, and left open every possibility, competition simply is not feasible given the circumstances.

“The last few weeks have been heartbreaking on many levels, from the tragic loss of life, to thousands battling the virus, to millions who have suffered emotional and economic loss.  It’s been a harrowing time for everyone, and we know our student-athletes are extremely disappointed. That said, these unfortunate circumstances may have put an intriguing challenge in the path of our young people.

As New Jersey’s own Vince Lombardi once said, “It's not whether you get knocked down, it's whether you get up. “  We’re confident all our kids will get back up and stand tall.

“The NJSIAA will continue developing plans for the potential restarting of scholastic sports during the fall season. Additional information related both to the summer recess and fall will be shared at a later date.”

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