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. “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. As coronavirus concerns grow across North Jersey, the high school winter sports season came to an early close. 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. ." 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. That canceled most of the winter state tournaments and all of spring sports in New York state. NYSPHSAA put together the task force last month to come up with plans for resuming athletics this fall. “Basketball is really important to me and my family and coaching basketball is something I love doing, and I know it’s really important to our kids that they have an opportunity,” Eastern boys basketball coach Kevin Crawford said. 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. Add Pat's RSS feed to your feed reader Follow Pat & PhillyVoice on Twitter: @Pat_Ralph | @thePhillyVoice “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. Let us know. This is a breaking story. 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 … “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. In statewide college sports, the New Jersey Athletic Conference, a Division-3 league with 10 … 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. The IHSA's announcement came virtually at the same time that Gov. We’re excited the state is allowing us to play. We’re just moving everything forward.". Phil Murphy imposes new restrictions on indoor gatherings. 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… "As was the case in the fall, the potential for play is ultimately based on everyone working together to keep our communities safe and healthy.”. "My heart bleeds for the kids, so any type of season we could get the kids would be wonderful.". 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 “I’m looking at the positive, we’re getting out there to compete, letting our athletes shine. As of October 12, all sports, both indoor and outdoor regardless of risk level, are permitted. It’s for the love of the game.". However, with winter sports around the corner, parents and athletes are concerned that their season may be altered or worse, canceled. The nj.com story quotes the the NJSIAA's Chief Operating Officer (Colleen Maguire) saying the decision "which will not be subject to change . Postseason play may be hosted locally by participating leagues and conferences, Your California Privacy Rights/Privacy Policy. "We’re excited to have our student-athletes be able to compete this winter. We’re going to prepare like its just a normal season that was happening in the winter. 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. 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. 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. 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. Basketball, fencing and bowling (practice begins Jan. 11, competition begins Jan. 26 and competition ends March 6). “During our fall season, NJSIAA member schools successfully engaged approximately 80,000 student-athletes across five sports. After initially "indefinitely postponing" winter sports championships for boys and girls basketball, bowling and hockey, the state canceled them on Monday. Practices and competitions can exceed the 10-person limit, but only necessary individuals can be in attendance. 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. I'm just happy kids will have an opportunity, and I think they will be too, and they'll work around the logistics.”. Their seasons will conclude by April 24. 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. 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 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. I think schools and athletic directors have clearly found ways to make it work, and they will now, too. Under Murphy's Executive Order No. 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 … J.B. Pritzker announced that there will be new restrictions to all youth and adult sports in the state, … Hopefully, as the months go by, we can revisit the individual aspect and really do what is best. 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. Will it mean later practices and rotating schedules for sports that never had it before? Kids getting sick, you don’t know if it’s just a cold, the flu or something else. This timeline also applies to wrestling. 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. Check back for more. New winter sports guidance from the state has wrestling and indoor track canceled for the 2020-21 season. 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. Gymnastics, girls volleyball and wrestling (practice begins March 1, competition begins March 16 and competition ends April 24). Conferences and leagues can host postseason competitions. 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. According to nj.com ,the NJSIAA will issue their decision next week on the fate of High School Winter (Season 2) Sports. Competitions start Feb. 16 and will end by March 27. That is no longer the case. Competitions begin Jan. 26 and will wrap up by March 6. Like us on Facebook: PhillyVoice 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. This gives us a chance to complete the season, and that to me is good for the kids. "Honestly, I'm just happy that there will be a season," Armstrong said. We are looking forward to it. The number of individuals still may not exceed 25 percent of the capacity of the venue in which competition takes place. All rights reserved. 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. “Obviously, if there was some outbreak in the school it would be different.”, Return to Play Update by jmjr30 on Scribd. Fall recap: New Jersey had a late start to fall sports but kicked off the seasons in October. Practically speaking, according to the NJSIAA, spectators are prohibited from attending indoor sports competition. “We have to work around it. While postseason play is under consideration, and will be determined at a later date, for wrestling, gymnastics and girls volleyball, there will be no NJSIAA-sponsored postseason for any other winter sports. But that dream ended Monday as Gov. “This has been a very trying year for everybody, especially the seniors. This gives everybody more time and I think it makes it safer for everybody. But that will be determined at a later date, the NJSIAA said. "Wrestling would have been crazy if we started in December. “I think the NJSIAA did the right thing,” Ocean Township wrestling coach Cip Apicelli said. The spring season, according to the NJSIAA, is likely to extend through June. Banner file photo Brian Coon hugs his son, Keegan, during the state tournament last season at Mount Anthony Union High School. “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. 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. Only ice … 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! One high school in the GMC, Carteret, has already canceled all of its fall sports seasons. As the number of positive cases continues to rise, winter sports are expected to be at least similarly affected. Have a news tip? COVID-19’s impact on the fall sports season was profound. Ice hockey (practice begins Dec. 14, competition begins Jan. 4 and competition ends Feb. 17). New Jersey high school sports. With the ongoing spike in positive tests,that statement is concerning. Postseason play may be hosted locally by participating leagues and conferences, at their own discretion. At least you get to play. We will continue working hard to make the winter and spring seasons a success as well. Games can start Jan. 26. 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. NJ delays start of high school winter sports; seasons will be shortened Updated December 8. 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. © 2021 WWB Holdings, LLC. 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. Swimming and winter track & field (practice begins Feb. 1 competition begins Feb. 16 and competition ends March 27). The NJSIAA will not sponsor postseason tournaments for other sports due to the public health crisis. It’s essential that they have the opportunity to complete their high school experience.”, ANALYSIS: NJSIAA changes winter game plan to fit uncertain times and keep spring intact. 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. It’s better than not playing at all.”. 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. Swimming and winter track and field can hold practices beginning Feb. 1. Crawford also took a positive spin on the news that the NJSIAA will not sponsor postseason tournaments. 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. The start of the season has been pushed back 11 days because Gov. “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. As more school districts close their buildings for education, will they keep them open for indoor athletic competition? ROBBINSVILLE, NJ – Winter is coming for high school sports, but student-athletes will have to wait until 2021 for action. “Starting on Dec. 3, in my opinion, with all that is going on wouldn’t have gone well for a sport like wrestling. The New Jersey Athletic Conference canceled its 2021 Indoor Track and Field Championships due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the league’s board of athletic administration announced Friday. 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.". A total of 155 high school football programs statewide, or 46.1 percent, have endured a shutdown since mid-September due to coronavirus-related issues. Veteran Bogota boys basketball coach Jay Mahoney, entering his 42nd season, is relieved the start of his sport is being delayed. 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. After the initial suspension of winter basketball tournaments and spring sports, the board decided to … NJ football: Who will be USA TODAY New Jersey's Teams of the Year? “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.”. “As a competitor it’s a bummer, but at the end of the day we get to play,” he said. We are going to have the GMC primed and ready to go.". For nearly two months, high school athletes and coaches in spring sports in New Jersey held out hope for a season, even in abbreviated form. With schools, it’s a little bit more problematic to do that.”. “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. When the “Return to Interscholastic Athletics” document was updated Nov. 17, winter sport states championship were still on, as previously scheduled. Gymnastics and girls volleyball – postponed from the fall – can begin practices March 1 and competitions on March 16. Multiple team and invitational events are also prohibited. NJSIAA member schools are prohibited from hosting an out-of-state opponent or from traveling out of state to compete. A complete guide to the NJSIAA’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols for the upcoming winter season can be accessed here. . 196, indoor practices and competitions are limited to 10 persons. The season will conclude Feb. 17. "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. For the first time, USA TODAY Network New Jersey, along with presenting sponsor RWJBarnabas, will be crowning football Teams of the Year at the statewide and conference levels. The latter three sports are under consideration for statewide postseason play. ", Maguire said New Jersey "should be proud of its student-athletes, coaches, administrators and all those who make high school sports possible.”. New Jersey High School Winter Sports, which includes swimming & diving, to Practice Starting December 3 as announced by the NJSIAA. 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. GLASSBORO >> Rowan University athletic director John Giannini, Ph.D announced the cancellation of the winter sports season in a statement Jan. 6. Phil Murphy. Ice hockey will be the first sport allowed to resume practices and games. The New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association on Thursday announced significant delays in the start of winter sports because of COVID-19 concerns. Pat Ralph Basketball, bowling and fencing can begin practicing Jan. 11. The loss of most high school winter sports playoffs and loss of all spring sports due to the coronavirus was universally bemoaned by New York athletic officials. 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Workouts can begin Dec. 14, with games beginning Jan. 4. “All the decisions we make first and foremost are with the safety of all our student-athletes in mind," Greater Middlesex Conference President Mike Pede said. “It’s a smart move," Morina said. Wrestling has been moved to Season 3, which was originally created to accommodate girls’ volleyball and gymnastics. Yes. Colleen Maguire, the … No spectators will be permitted when the season gets underway due to indoor gathering limits imposed by Gov. That includes players, coaches and referees, but the event must be kept to 25% of the venue's capacity or 150 people — whichever number is lower. According to lohud.com, t… Due to the impending winter storm, all students and staff will be on remote learning on Monday, February 1, 2021 for the morning session. 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. It’s opening day at most New Jersey high schools for student-athletes in basketball, bowling and fencing. “We’re a little bummed it’s delayed, but it sounds like it’s in the best interest of our community as a whole. 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 … Gov. 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. New Jersey currently is prohibiting youth and scholastic teams from traveling out of state for indoor competitions. 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. The NJSIAA, which governs most New Jersey high school sports, had planned to allow winter sports teams to begin practice Dec. 3. High school basketball teams can begin practicing in New Jersey on Jan. 11, 2021. 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. But … 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 idea is just getting these kids playing, safely of course. "I'm all for this," said Mahoney, who has won 687 games at the Bergen County school. “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. 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