NEW JERSEY -- With the cancellation of spring sports, the NJSIAA, the governing body of high school sports in the state of New Jersey, is beginning to look ahead to the fall of the 2020-2021 academic year.

"Given the current level of uncertainty, NJSIAA is – at the present time -- providing general, short-term guidance and information," the agency said in a statement. "At the same time, the organization is developing various scenarios and plans related to a potential, fall return to school and sports. NJSIAA strongly believes that students – both as individuals and as a team -- are well served by appropriate, virtual interaction with their coaches."

Thus, for the period from May 11 to June 15, NJSIAA will permit all school district-approved coaches to have virtual contact with all current high school student-athletes. This will be the case with any and all sports, including fall and winter sports.

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Athletic directors have been encouraged to communicate with administration regarding virtual contact plans, with the understanding that safe, appropriate communication between coaches and student-athletes must be a priority.

There is an exception, however for incoming freshmen: any communication with current 8th grade students – beyond discussion of start dates, sign-ups, and physicals – is currently prohibited.