Changes to the Winter Sports Season


Jonah Kim

NVOT announces new updates to the winter season for sports teams.

With the rise of COVID-19 cases around New Jersey, the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) announced a new winter sports schedule for the 2020-2021 season. In a typical school year, the winter sports season would start as early as November; however, the NJSIAA has pushed back all starting dates to later months. 

Here are the current updates to the NVOT winter sports schedule: 

Ice Hockey: The first hockey practice can take place on December 14. Competition starts on January 4th and lasts until February 17.

Basketball and Bowling: Both basketball and bowling start practicing on January 11. Competition begins on January 26 and lasts until March 6.

Swimming and Winter Track & Field: Swimming and Winter Track & Field teams start practicing on February 1. Competitions begin on February 16 and will end on March 27.

Volleyball and Wrestling: Volleyball and wrestling practices start on March 1. Competitions begin on March 16th and will end on April 24.

(These dates are still not set-in-stone and can be adapted if necessary.)

As of now, all indoor practices and competitions are limited to 10 people. However, there is an exception to these rules if those needed for the practices or competitions (players, coaches, and referees) exceed 10 people. If said exceptions apply, the number of people allowed in the sports facilities still may not exceed 25 percent capacity depending on the size of the facility. 

 More information on NJSIAA guidelines can be found here.