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NJSIAA moves New Jersey high school wrestling season back to March 1-April 24

By NJSIAA | Nov. 20, 2020, 4:59 p.m. (ET)

The New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) has updated its high school sports plan for the 2020-21 season.

Included are a number of things that affect wrestling, which we will post below. The wrestling season has been pushed back.

Below are edits from the document - "Return-to-Play - Season 2 and Season 3 Update"

Season 2, Season 2A and Season 3 Update:

Wrestling has been moved to Season 3, which was originally created to accommodate girls’ volleyball and gymnastics.
Practice Start: March 1
Competition Start: March 16
Competition End: April 24

Gymnastics, G Volleyball and Wrestling – Season 3

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.

Game Limitations:

Competition will be limited to three events per week. The total maximum events will be 15 events during the season, which includes league or conference tournaments. Teams may only compete in one event per day.

Multi-Team/Multi-Game/Invitational Events:
Currently, all competition will be limited to two teams only, but this is subject to change. NJSIAA will continue to consult with the NJ DOH to determine if multi-team or multi-game events will be permissible; however, we expect decisions on expanding the scope of participants and/or teams will not be made until closer to the start of the season.

Schools will have the opportunity to participate in one pre-season scrimmage, preferably with a neighboring school. When possible, schools are encouraged to participate in intra-squad scrimmages and utilize officials to provide additional preseason preparation.

The Sports Advisory Task Force will continue to solicit feedback from NJSIAA staff, member schools and sports specific committees to determine what may be the best format for post-season play. The post-season dates and structure will follow at a later date, however, the post-season will end no later than Saturday, April 24, 2021.

Out-of-State Competition:

On November 10, 2020, Governor Murphy issued Executive Order No. 194 which prohibits member schools from hosting interstate competition in all indoor sports. Therefore, no member school may host an out-of-state opponent or host an event out of state. Moreover, NJSIAA is prohibiting member schools from traveling out of state to compete.

Any student-athlete that is subject to a transfer sit-period will be eligible for participation on Monday, March 29, 2021. This eligibility date is applicable to every winter sport. As a reminder, those student athletes that transferred between March 16, 2020 and November 1, 2020 are not subject to the transfer sit-period. If a student-athlete transfers after November 1, 2020, the student-athlete shall be ineligible to participate for a period of 30 calendar days, or one half of the maximum number of games being played, whichever is less.

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