NEW JERSEY -- The NJSIAA, governing body for New Jersey high school sports, announced on Friday that it still hopes to have some sort of shortened spring sports season and that it would end by June 30.
Some athletes and parents had hoped that the spring season might be extended into the summer after school closes for the academic term.
"The normal end date for high school sports is usually the early part of June, so the NJSIAA has given us some flexibility," said Scotch Plains Fanwood athletic director Ryan Miller. "It's standard medical practice to have six practice days. If we go back to school by May 8, at least we have a plan of attack. It's a good thing to have clarity."
"We miss doing what we love every day," Miller added. "If anything, we'll have new-found appreciation of everything."
“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," the organization said in a press statement.
“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." - NJSIAA
"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," the statement said.
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," the statement said.
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