Zega said his district and board of education are “committed to extracurriculars” because “we understand it’s a big part of a high schooler’s life.” He said Woodbridge’s three high schools had a record number of fall sports student-athletes, all of who voluntarily participated. Phil Murphy’s statement On November 9th, 2020 Governor Murphy tweeted , “Starting this Thursday, ALL interstate games and tournaments for indoor youth sports – up to and including high school – are prohibited. “It’s a smart move," Morina said. That is no longer the case. NJ delays start of high school winter sports; seasons will be shortened Greg Tufaro Steven Falk Tom McGurk Josh Friedman Jane Havsy Greg Mattura NorthJersey.com ", Maguire said New Jersey "should be proud of its student-athletes, coaches, administrators and all those who make high school sports possible.”. A final decision on the winter high school sports season, defined as Season 2 in this year’s four-season layout, will come next week. Elmwood Park, which recently shifted to all-remote instruction, has postponed all athletics activity until at least Jan. 11, when it plans to return to hybrid instruction. TRENTON, NJ-Although the NJSIAA has canceled the remainder of the boys and girls basketball championships, the spring 2020 sports season is not yet lost. "The staggered winter schedule is based on feedback from health officials, anticipated capacity limitations as well as the availability of facilities which are used by many of our winter sports.". ROBBINSVILLE, NJ – Winter is coming for high school sports, but student-athletes will have to wait until 2021 for action. At least you get to play. “I think the NJSIAA did the right thing,” Ocean Township wrestling coach Cip Apicelli said. “Obviously, if there was some outbreak in the school it would be different.”, Return to Play Update by jmjr30 on Scribd. Kids getting sick, you don’t know if it’s just a cold, the flu or something else. According to nj.com ,the NJSIAA will issue their decision next week on the fate of High School Winter (Season 2) Sports. “As a competitor it’s a bummer, but at the end of the day we get to play,” he said. That canceled most of the winter state tournaments and all of spring sports in New York state. “But the distinction is, you can easily miss a game, miss a practice or shut down (a sports program) for two weeks if you had to. One high school in the GMC, Carteret, has already canceled all of its fall sports seasons. “During our fall season, NJSIAA member schools successfully engaged approximately 80,000 student-athletes across five sports. With the ongoing spike in positive tests,that statement is concerning. The Sports Advisory Task Force remains committed to providing as complete of a spring season as possible and will release final spring sports season plans on or before Dec. 11. Practices and competitions can exceed the 10-person limit, but only necessary individuals can be in attendance. According to lohud.com, t… "Honestly, I'm just happy that there will be a season," Armstrong said. The season – initially slated to start next month – will be conducted in a staggered approach, the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic ASsociation's Sports Advisory Task Force announced Thursday. “I think the most important thing is the kids are going to be able to have a season,” said Ryan Carter, the head ice hockey coach at St. Joseph of Metuchen, who is also the associate coaching chief of the Atlantic District for USA Hockey. The New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association on Thursday announced significant delays in the start of winter sports because of COVID-19 concerns. “We remain keenly focused on providing New Jersey’s student-athletes with the opportunity to participate in sports, and given current health data and modeling, we believe pushing the schedules back ensures the best opportunity for our kids,” NJSIAA Chief Operating Officer Colleen Maguire said. MORRISTOWN, NJ – The Morristown High School field hockey team dropped a 1-0 game to Chatham on a rainy and chilly Monday on Oct. 12. We’re just moving everything forward.". WHS will run its normal class schedule – Periods 1-4 from 7:30 a.m. to 12:40 p.m. PM office hours will be canceled. The official start dates for winter sports are: The NJSIAA had initially targeted Dec. 3 as a start date for practice and Dec. 21 as a start date for competition in all winter sports, but those dates, which have always been subject to change, were altered as New Jersey faces an increase in COVID-19 cases and Gov. The governor has made it clear that he wants high school winter sports to be played, based on the significant mental and physical health benefits they provide and in recognition of the seniors who desire … Practically speaking, according to the NJSIAA, spectators are prohibited from attending indoor sports competition. The ice hockey start dates remain the least affected from the NJSIAA’s previous guidance due to contractual obligations with third-party rinks and the potential for significant financial repercussions associated with rescheduling ice time. “We’re a little bummed it’s delayed, but it sounds like it’s in the best interest of our community as a whole. While youth sports such as ice hockey and wrestling have been contested during the previous weeks and months with success indoors in and out of state during the pandemic, indoor winter sports at the high school level in New Jersey are entering uncharted waters. As of October 12, all sports, both indoor and outdoor regardless of risk level, are permitted. Gymnastics, girls volleyball and wrestling (practice begins March 1, competition begins March 16 and competition ends April 24). A complete guide to the NJSIAA’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols for the upcoming winter season can be accessed here. Ice hockey will be the first sport allowed to resume practices and games. The NJSIAA’s Sports Advisory Task Force – the statewide group of athletic administrators tasked with developing return-to-play protocols for New Jersey high school sports – devised the return-to-play plan. NJ football: Who will be USA TODAY New Jersey's Teams of the Year? It’s for the love of the game.". Postseason play may be hosted locally by participating leagues and conferences, at their own discretion. “I’m looking at the positive, we’re getting out there to compete, letting our athletes shine. ." Colleen Maguire, the … Ice hockey (practice begins Dec. 14, competition begins Jan. 4 and competition ends Feb. 17). New Jersey currently is prohibiting youth and scholastic teams from traveling out of state for indoor competitions. . Of course, Berube — the former UConn Husky — has had to go about her business a bit differently since Nov. 12, when the Ivy League canceled all winter sports… “They are looking for things to do and if we can provide that in a controlled atmosphere, then we can do it until it becomes impossible to do anymore,” Zega said. Will it mean later practices and rotating schedules for sports that never had it before? High school basketball teams can begin practicing in New Jersey on Jan. 11, 2021. I think schools and athletic directors have clearly found ways to make it work, and they will now, too. Veteran Bogota boys basketball coach Jay Mahoney, entering his 42nd season, is relieved the start of his sport is being delayed. TCNJ cancels all 'high-contact' sports, including football, for fall semester Greg Tufaro, Jane Havsy and Josh Friedman, Bridgewater Courier News 6/27/2020 US approaches 400,000 coronavirus deaths Get the latest New Jersey high school sports news, rankings, schedules, stats, scores, results, brackets & standings for high school football, soccer, basketball, baseball and more! “This has been a very trying year for everybody, especially the seniors. Workouts can begin Dec. 14, with games beginning Jan. 4. LATHAM — There was a slight glimmer of hope entering the 2020-21 high school winter sports season. “The staggered winter schedule is based on feedback from health officials, anticipated capacity limitations as well as the availability of facilities which are used by many of our winter sports.”. New Jersey's winter high school sports season has been pushed back until early 2021 as the state grapples with a spike in COVID-19 cases. “With the Governor’s announcement of school closure for the remainder of the school year, all remaining TSSAA events for 2019-20, including all spring sports and the postponed state basketball tournaments, are cancelled. Scott Rosenberg, Kinnelon athletic director and president of the Morris County Athletic Directors Association, said he and his peers across the state will make Season 2 and Season 2A work. All rights reserved. The latter three sports are under consideration for statewide postseason play. The NJSIAA will not sponsor postseason tournaments for other sports due to the public health crisis. With COVID-19 numbers in New York once again trending in the wrong direction, the NYSPHSAA proposed Tuesday that high-risk winter high school sports be delayed until 2021. RELATED: New Jersey pushes winter high school sports to 2021 Ohio is asking schools to adopt this policy through Jan. 1, 2021, when it will be re-evaluated. We’re going to prepare like its just a normal season that was happening in the winter. This move gives us months to get things back under control, months to hopefully get these vaccines out and give our kids a chance to wrestle. Gov. It’s opening day at most New Jersey high schools for student-athletes in basketball, bowling and fencing. 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A total of 266 football programs, or 79.2 percent, have been impacted by COVID-19 this fall, meaning those programs had to cancel, postpone or reschedule at least one game or scrimmage due to coronavirus-related issues. The New Jersey Interscholastic Athletic Association gave the green light for student-athletes to begin practicing in those sports, under restricted guidelines, but two schools in Middlesex County are among the first to hit pause over safety concerns relating to the … Swimming and winter track & field (practice begins Feb. 1 competition begins Feb. 16 and competition ends March 27). “We have to work around it. Their seasons will conclude by April 24. This gives everybody more time and I think it makes it safer for everybody. After the initial suspension of winter basketball tournaments and spring sports, the board decided to … This timeline also applies to wrestling. “If you think of a school like ours, who doesn't have turf, the month of March is indoors for every sport I have,” Rosenberg said. Bergen Catholic boys basketball coach Billy Armstrong, whose team last year was denied a chance to defend its Non-Public A title due to the pandemic, does not have a problem with this season being shortened and pushed back more than a month. “Starting on Dec. 3, in my opinion, with all that is going on wouldn’t have gone well for a sport like wrestling. But … © 2021 WWB Holdings, LLC. However, with winter sports around the corner, parents and athletes are concerned that their season may be altered or worse, canceled. As the number of positive cases continues to rise, winter sports are expected to be at least similarly affected. Multiple team and invitational events are also prohibited. Postseason play may be hosted locally by participating leagues and conferences, Your California Privacy Rights/Privacy Policy. Basketball, fencing and bowling (practice begins Jan. 11, competition begins Jan. 26 and competition ends March 6). However, if the number of individuals who are necessary for the practice or competition – such as players, coaches and referees – is greater than 10 persons, the practice or competition may proceed. North Dakota and New Jersey were the two states that had yet to cancel spring high school state tournaments before Friday's decision by the NDHSAA board. Paul Wood Jr and Ryan Ross, NorthJersey.com, remain the least affected from the NJSIAA’s previous guidance, NJSIAA changes winter game plan to fit uncertain times and keep spring intact, Not having individual tournament will hurt NJ wrestling in the long run | Falk. Swimming and winter track and field can hold practices beginning Feb. 1. New winter sports guidance from the state has wrestling and indoor track canceled for the 2020-21 season. But that dream ended Monday as Gov. COVID-19’s impact on the fall sports season was profound. “If you shut down school to be preemptive to prevent an outbreak, but then you keep your (indoor) sports programs running, an observer might say you are being contradictory, saying you are not going to have school, but you are going to have (indoor) sports,” said Robert Zega, superintendent of Woodbridge Township Public Schools, one of the state’s 10 largest districts. With schools, it’s a little bit more problematic to do that.”. Follow Pat & PhillyVoice on Twitter: @Pat_Ralph | @thePhillyVoice Crawford also took a positive spin on the news that the NJSIAA will not sponsor postseason tournaments. Yes. Phil Murphy imposes new restrictions on indoor gatherings. Gymnastics and girls volleyball – postponed from the fall – can begin practices March 1 and competitions on March 16. But, for now, this is a step in the right direction.’’, OPINION: Not having individual tournament will hurt NJ wrestling in the long run | Falk. New Jersey's winter high school sports season has been pushed back until early 2021 as the state grapples with a spike in COVID-19 cases. Wrestling has been moved to Season 3, which was originally created to accommodate girls’ volleyball and gymnastics. The NJSIAA, which governs most New Jersey high school sports, had planned to allow winter sports teams to begin practice Dec. 3. "My heart bleeds for the kids, so any type of season we could get the kids would be wonderful.". Banner file photo Brian Coon hugs his son, Keegan, during the state tournament last season at Mount Anthony Union High School. The season will conclude Feb. 17. No other indoor, high school sports are impacted by the governor’s order, as all but ice hockey had already had their start dates moved to January 2021 or later. It’s better than not playing at all.”. The statewide athletics association has created a new season, which it is calling Season 2A, adding that season to its previously revised four-season format to accommodate swimming and winter track & field. We’re excited the state is allowing us to play. Phil Murphy’s announcement that schools would be closed for the remainder of the academic year led to the cancellation of spring sports by the New Jersey State Interscholastic … As more school districts close their buildings for education, will they keep them open for indoor athletic competition? NYSPHSAA put together the task force last month to come up with plans for resuming athletics this fall. The statements is as follows: "It is with mixed emotions that I announce the cancellation of Rowan’s winter athletics season, as well as plans to play last semester’s fall sports this coming spring. Illinois — The Illinois High School Association announced July 29 that all of its sports will be altered to four shortened seasons (fall, winter, spring and summer) with football beginning in the spring. Under the NJSIAA’s new guidance, high school basketball teams will not be allowed to start practice until Jan. 11, with game competition to begin Jan. 26. The nj.com story quotes the the NJSIAA's Chief Operating Officer (Colleen Maguire) saying the decision "which will not be subject to change . We are going to have the GMC primed and ready to go.". New Jersey High School Winter Sports, which includes swimming & diving, to Practice Starting December 3 as announced by the NJSIAA. In statewide college sports, the New Jersey Athletic Conference, a Division-3 league with 10 … J.B. Pritzker announced that there will be new restrictions to all youth and adult sports in the state, … Paul Morina, the head wrestling coach at Paulsboro, one of the state's most successful public school programs, favored the move of his sport to Season 3. "We remain keenly focused on providing New Jersey's student athletes with the opportunity to participate in sports, and given current health data and modeling, we believe pushing the schedules back ensures the best opportunity for our kids," NJSIAA Chief Operating Officer Colleen Maguire said. Conferences and leagues can host postseason competitions. This is a breaking story. "I'm all for this," said Mahoney, who has won 687 games at the Bergen County school. Fall recap: New Jersey had a late start to fall sports but kicked off the seasons in October. In announcing a return-to-play timeline for winter sports amid the coronavirus pandemic, the NJSIAA has altered the start dates for competition, shortened seasons and most notably delayed the start of high school wrestling. No spectators will be permitted when the season gets underway due to indoor gathering limits imposed by Gov. Like us on Facebook: PhillyVoice "Wrestling would have been crazy if we started in December. When the “Return to Interscholastic Athletics” document was updated Nov. 17, winter sport states championship were still on, as previously scheduled. The start of the season has been pushed back 11 days because Gov. School sports cannot resume until the school closures end, but when they do, the best possible effort will be made to salvage the spring season if possible. Only ice … After initially "indefinitely postponing" winter sports championships for boys and girls basketball, bowling and hockey, the state canceled them on Monday. 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