Panthers News · 2020-2021 NJSIAA Athletics Return-to-Play Plan


On August 20, 2020, the NJSIA Sports Advisory Task Force announced the Return to Play Plan for the 2020-2021 School year.  Please note that this plan is fluid and maybe changed at any time based on either guidance from the Department of Health or Governor-mandated changes to the school day.  For complete details of the plan please view the following link:

As detailed below, to accommodate Girls Volleyball (indoor sport) and any fall outdoor sport that is rescheduled from its regular season as a result of changed circumstances, an additional season has been added to the schedule this year.

1) Fall Sports – Season 1
  • All outdoor Fall sports (Cross Country, Football, Soccer, and Girls Tennis) will start practice on Monday, September 14, 2020.
  • Due to current health concerns surrounding indoor competition, as well as limitations on indoor capacity, Girls Volleyball will move to Season 3.
  •  From Saturday, August 29th to Sunday September 13th, Fall coaches may only have virtual contact with their student-athletes.  All Winter and Spring season coaches will be in the usual non-contact period.
  • Heat Acclimatization for Field Hockey and Football may start on Friday, September 11, 2020.
  • The regular season and postseason dates for the Fall season are in the guidelines.
  • Please reference each sports modified Covid-19 Sports Regulations and Considerations for further information on maximum games, weekly game limits and post-season competition dates. (I will meet with each individual staff to go over this in more detail).
  • Schools will have the opportunity to participate in one pre-season scrimmage within seven days of the regular season start date for that sport.
  • Contingency Plans: Season 3 will be used as a back-up should the Fall season need to be suspended due to deteriorating health circumstances.
2) Winter Sports – Season 2
  • Winter Sports will start practice on Thursday, December 3, 2020.
  • Regular season games will begin Monday, December 21, 2020 and end on Wednesday, February 3, 2021.
  • NJSIAA will host postseason competition from February 5, 2021 to February 17, 2021.
  • Schools will have the opportunity to participate in one pre-season scrimmage within seven days of the regular season start date for that sport.
3) Girls Volleyball – Season 3
  • Girls Volleyball will start practice on Tuesday, February 16, 2021.
  • Regular season games will begin March 3, 2021 and end April 12, 2021.
  • NJSIAA will host postseason competition from April 15, 2021 to April 24, 2021.
  • Schools will have the opportunity to participate in one pre-season scrimmage within seven days of the regular season start date for that sport.
4) Spring Season – Season 4
  • Dates for the spring season will be announced at a later date.
  • There are many variables that will affect the Spring season, including the status of the virus and how many sports, if any have been moved to Season 3.
  • The practice start date and regular season start date will most likely be pushed back for all Spring sports.
  • The task force is striving to get each sport started as timely as possible, however, minimizing the potential overlap and the risk of student-athletes having to choose between seasons is a priority.
Again for complete details on the NJSIAA’s Return to Play Plan for the 2020-2021 school year please view the following link:  NJSIAA 2020-2021 Return-to-Play Plan.pdf