TRENTON, NJ -- The return-to-school date and related public health guidelines will continue to determine the viability of a spring sports season, according to the NJSIAA, the governing body for New Jersey's high school athletics.

"NJSIAA is committed to doing whatever is possible to provide New Jersey’s student-athletes with some type of spring season," the organization said in a press statement on Thursday. "We have models in place that allow for competition starting as late as May 25, but given the late start date, tournament play may not be viable. Our commitment to conclude the spring season, no later than June 30 stands.  As the governor noted, we remain hopeful.”

On Thursday, April 16, Gov. Phil Murphy announced that schools in New Jersey will remain closed until May 15, at which point it will be reevaluated.

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