SPARTA, NJ - For many in the state, focus will be on the solar eclipse on Monday. Acknowledging the attraction and impulse to look at the rare event has sparked the NJSIAA to issue a recommendation.
The organization that governs high school sports has asked athletic directors and coaches to both educate students about the potential danger in looking at the sun during the eclipse and plan scrimmage and practice times accordingly.
Sparta High School principal Janet Ferraro said, "All practices will be held early to avoid exposure to issues. [Athletic Director] Steve Stoner has made everyone aware of the statement and has taken precautions."
Girls Tennis Coach Jeff Hughs said, "All sports will end by 1 p.m. or sooner," on Monday.
The event is predicted to take place between 1:20 and 4:10 p.m. While people in New Jersey will not see the sun totally eclipsed by the moon, the damaging effects are still possible. The sky will darken and it is expected that the temperature will be noticeably cooler during the eclipse according to experts.
The NJSIAA Medical Advisory Committee Chair Dr. Jack Kripsak "advised members to proceed with caution." In a statement the doctor "warns that while the eclipse won't interfere with daily activities, looking directly into the corona visible around the edge of the moon can result in irreversible severe dye damage."
NASA's website had detailed description of the event as well as a discussion of eye safety.