NJSIAA Winter Sport Season Update

The NJSIAA Sports Advisory Task Force provided the following update on Season 2, Season 3, and a newly added Season 2A. The dates for Seasons 2, 2A and 3 as listed below are final. The NJSIAA will not make any further changes to the schedule. The spring sports season dates will be released on or before Friday, December 11, 2020. Please note that the spring season will most likely extend through the month of June.

Season 2 - Ice Hockey

Practice Starts: Monday, December 14 
Competition Starts: Thursday, January 4 
Competition Ends: Wednesday, February 17 

The ice hockey schedule has been slightly adjusted to allow for adequate time between Thanksgiving and the start of the season. However, we are cognizant of the fact that many schools have already booked time in hockey rinks. Therefore, to avoid the financial repercussions that come along with rescheduling ice time, hockey will be the one sport that begins practicing prior to the new year.

Season - Basketball, Fencing and Bowling

Practice Starts: Monday, January 11 
Competition Starts: Tuesday, January 26 
Competition Ends: Saturday, March 6 

Based on feedback from member schools, health officials and the Governor’s office, NJSIAA is delaying the start of practice for basketball, bowling and fencing until January 11th to allow member schools to get through the holiday break before student-athletes begin practicing at school facilities.

Season 2 - Swimming and Winter Track & Field

Practice Starts: Monday, February 1 
Competition Starts: Tuesday, February 16
Competition Ends: Saturday, March 27 

Based on feedback from member schools and a lack of facility availability across the state, the swimming season has been moved to a newly created Season 2A. We hope that more pools will be available to our member schools beginning in February. Likewise, the winter track & field season has been moved to Season 2A. By February, it is possible that indoor facility capacities will increase, and, as an alternative, better weather may allow for outdoor polar bear meets.

Season 3 - Gymnastics, Girls Volleyball and Wrestling 

Practice Starts: Monday, March 1 
Competition Starts: Tuesday, March 16 
Competition Ends: Saturday, April 24 

Prior to the issuance of Executive Order No. 187 on October 12, 2020, practice and competition for indoor medium and high-risk sports were prohibited. Therefore, in August 2020, the gymnastics and girls’ volleyball seasons were moved to a newly created Season 3. As wrestling is NJSIAA’s high-risk indoor winter sport, per the NJ DOH Guidance for Sports Activities, and based on feedback from health officials and member schools, NJSIAA will postpone wrestling to Season 3.

Season 4 - Spring Sports Update: Baseball, Golf, Boys Lacrosse, Girls Lacrosse, Softball, Boys Tennis, Track & Field and Boys Volleyball

The Sports Advisory Task Force recognizes the importance of providing as complete of a spring season as possible and we appreciate everyone’s continued patience and understanding. The task force will be releasing the final plans for the spring sports season on or before Friday, December 11, 2020. Note that the spring season will most likely extend through the month of June. 

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