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NJSIAA: Hurricane Sandy Could Alter Playoff Schedule

High school sports, especially football, may be affected by the storm.

The NJSIAA released the following Monday afternoon:

Due to the current storm, multiple New Jersey high school championship events have been rescheduled by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA). The association has also issued potential schedule revisions, pending when member schools are able to re-open.

Those sports in which scheduling revisions are or may be in effect are cross-country, field hockey, football, boys' and girls' soccer, and volleyball. All schedules are subject to further change, based on the storm’s progress.

The NJSIAA will continue to be flexible in scheduling, and will always be primarily focused on the safety of its student-athletes, coaches, and fans. Athletic directors at high schools involved in the rescheduling will be notified of specifics by the NJSIAA.

Specific changes and potential schedule revisions are as follows:

Cross-Country

A decision on rescheduling will be made on Wednesday, pending assessment of conditions at courses around the state.

Field Hockey

At this time, no final decision has been made related to revised scheduling. The current goal is to complete quarterfinals by Saturday, Nov. 3.

Additional information will be provided to athletic directors via sectional assigners.

Football

If all member schools are back in session on/before Thursday, Nov. 1, all final regular-season games will need to be completed no later than Sunday, November 4.  Seeding will take place on Monday, Nov. 5. The schedule for championship football events will remain unchanged, as follows:

  • First round: Friday and Saturday, Nov. 9 and 10.
  • Second round: Friday and Saturday, Nov. 16 and 17.
  • Finals: Friday and Saturday, Nov. 30 and Dec. 1.

If any school is unable to re-open until Monday, Nov. 5, then the seeding meeting will be held on Sunday, Nov. 11, and the football playoffs will be pushed back one week, as follows:

  • First round: Friday and Saturday, Nov. 16 and 17.
  • Second round: Friday and Saturday, Nov. 30 and Dec. 1.
  • Finals: Friday and Saturday, Dec. 7 and 8.

Boys' Soccer

The association’s current goal is to complete tournament rounds as follows:

  • First round by Thursday.
  • Second round by Saturday.
  • Final-round games by Monday, Nov. 5 and/or Thursday, Nov. 8.

In addition, the NJSIAA will permit teams to play doubleheaders.

Girls' Soccer

The association’s current goal is to play tournament rounds as follows:

  • First round starting on Friday.
  • Second round on Monday.
  • Final-round games on Wednesday and/or Friday.

In addition, the NJSIAA will permit teams to play doubleheaders.

Volleyball

Timing for the first two rounds of the volleyball state championships has been altered as follows:

  • The initial round, originally Tuesday, will be played Wednesday.
  • The second round, originally Thursday, will be played Friday.

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