The NJSIAA assured the The NJSIAA assured the governor’s announcement of a timeline for sports return to play on Monday was a “positive step” but also noted while the guidelines were instructive, they don’t directly apply to high school athletics.
In a news release that followed Governor Murphy’s daily briefing, the NJSIAA said that in short, scholastic sports present far more pressing and complex considerations than do youth and recreation-level programs because they are “part of the overall curriculum, and so must be appropriately in sync with all other facets of the school.” The full statement is below.
Gov. Phil Murphy announced based on recommendations from the Department of Health that low-risk sports like golf and tennis may resume June 22, moderate-risk sports such as baseball, softball, soccer and outdoor basketball can be contested July 6 and higher-risk sports like football can begin on July 20.
The risk categories followed the guidance from the National Federation of High School Associations (NFHS).
The Governor’s guidelines will guide youth sports play, but the NJSIAA will have final say on dates its high school workouts, practices and competition can begin.
The NJSIAA recently said high school sports workouts could resume on July 13. The rules for the return are expected to be released by June 19.
The NJSIAA strongly believes that with summer workouts starting in July, student athletes will have more than enough time to prepare for the fall season, according to the release.
Fall sports and in-school instruction would typically begin around Labor Day weekend. No determination has been made on if and when students will return to school for instruction.
Full statement from the NJSIAA:
“The governor’s announcement today regarding youth and recreation sports is another positive step in our collective effort to return to play. It’s important to note however, that while these particular guidelines are instructive, they don’t directly apply to high school athletics. Any scholastic sports program is part of the overall curriculum, and so must be appropriately in sync with all other facets of the school. High school athletics cannot function independently from schools – which, of course, are currently focused on the safe return of more 1.3 million students, including 283,000 high school student-athletes. In short, scholastic sports present far more pressing and complex considerations than do youth and recreation-level programs.
“As previously announced, we anticipate having guidelines for high school sports by June 19, with summer workouts starting on or around July 13. NJSIAA strongly believes that with summer workouts starting in July, student athletes will have more than enough time to prepare for the fall season.”