NJSIAA Chief Operating Officer Colleen Maguire said student-athletes should expect changes to their school day and to at least the fall sports season during the upcoming academic year.
“The upcoming fall sports season will not look like last year’s season,” Maguire said. “Also, your school day will not look the same as in prior years.”
“While I do not have a crystal ball to predict how the season will be different, we can be assured there will be changes. For instance, you may not be able to play as many games, you may not be traveling as much, or your season could start later or end earlier.
“We are continuing to work hard towards identifying the start date for your fall sports season and will be keeping your athletics director up to date on a regular basis during the summer.”
Last week, the NJSIAA unveiled its first phase of return-to-play guidelines, providing a road map for conditioning and sports-specific drills for the summer recess period, which is scheduled to commence July 13.
The NJSIAA’s timeline and safety protocols differ from the Murphy administration’s youth sports guidelines.
“While we are witnessing a rush to return to play by youth sports organizations, including your club sports, the NJSIAA has no jurisdiction over these programs,” Maguire said in the seven-minute YouTube video.
Maguire previously stated, “The public needs to understand that high school sports are unique in that, unlike recreational programs, they must be in sync with our schools. Scholastic sports are part of the curriculum; they don’t operate independently.”
The pandemic shut down high school sports across the state in the middle of March, from which time players have since been relegated to interacting virtually with their coaches and training on their own.
Twitter press release from NJSIAA Chief