Hackensack teammates Curtis Whiting and Ty Townsend live on the same street and have worked together to stay in shape for the 2020 season.
The New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) has released its “Return to Play” model for the fall season, which starts the games on Thursday October 1st (girls’ tennis starts on September 28th) with the end of the season on Thanksgiving weekend.
The official training for autumn sports starts on September 14th.
Phase 1 of the summer training period with limited contact and small groups starts on Monday.
The NJSIAA advises schools to start their timetables with the games scheduled for October 1 and beyond. However, it is at the discretion of the leagues and conferences to adopt new timetables.
For football, this means six games in the regular season. Preliminary plans are for the football playoffs to take place on the weekend of November 14th and 20th. The teams are allowed to play traditional Thanksgiving games, but no other fall sports competition is allowed after November 22.
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Girls’ tennis will end its regular season on October 23 and will have a six-day postseason from October 26-31.
All other autumn sports (girls volleyball, tennis and cross-country skiing) are scheduled to start on September 14th with official training. Games start on October 1st and end on November 12th. The postseason dates are November 13-22.
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Also included in the NJSIAA plan is a planned two-week break in summer practices from August 29 to September 13.
“University sports are school-based, so we first have to make sure everything is OK with the opening of our schools,” said Colleen Maguire, NJSIAA chief operating officer, in the press release. “Then we can start doing sports. Our goal is to get back to the game – while ensuring that health, safety, emotional wellbeing and academics come first. We have a different model than some other types of programs that are much smaller and work independently. “
Darren Cooper is a high school sports columnist for NorthJersey.com. Sign up today for full access to live results, breaking news and analysis from our Varsity Aces team. To receive the latest news directly into your inbox, subscribe to our newsletter and download our app.
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