CEDAR GROVE, NJ — With the NJSIAA recently announcing that the scholastic winter sports seasons will begin late and will be abridged, the Cedar Grove Board of Education will be paying the coaches of its winter sports prorated stipends.
At a meeting in November, the school board announced approval of its coaches for the winter season, but their payment is conditional depending on the length of the season, and whether the season actually takes place.
“(T)he Cedar Grove School District will not pay the amount of the stipend or pay a prorated amount of the stipend associated with the coaching of a particular sport in the event that all or a portion of the sport is not conducted,” the school board said. “(I)n the event that a sports season is either cancelled or reduced or modified, the stipend will not be paid or will be prorated to commensurate with the percentage of the sports season that is actually conducted.”
Two weeks ago, the NJSIAA announced that the start of all winter sports seasons would be delayed until after the start of 2021, with the sports getting staggered starts.
Ice hockey games will not begin before Jan. 4. The postseason for the hockey season will end Feb. 16.
Basketball, fencing and bowling will now start with practices on Jan. 11, games on Jan. 26 and the postseason will end on March 6.
Swimming and indoor track will begin with practices on Feb. 1, competitions on Feb. 16 and the postseason will end on March 27.
Wrestling season will begin March 1 for practices, March 16 for games and end April 24.
Head coaches for Cedar Grove winter sports programs are: Thomas Jones, boys basketball; Bill Scanlon, girls basketball; Rami Ratel, wrestling; Colleen Bulger, indoor track; Nicolette McCarthy and Jacqueline Lasky, winter cheerleading.
Cedar Grove competes in hockey as an independent co-operative organization with Passaic Valley, and is not part of the Board of Education budget.