ROBBINSVILLE — The New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) declared “Play ball” today, confirming the state’s fall, high school athletic tournaments will move forward as previously announced on Nov. 5.
“Our organization takes seriously its responsibility to protect, promote and provide for high school student athletes — and we’re moving forward with our revised tournament schedule,” said Steven J. Timko, NJSIAA executive director. “Our member schools from across New Jersey have confirmed that, while the physical environment isn’t ideal, their kids are eager to play and they’re committed to completing their regular season game. Our role is providing those who can participate in post-season play with a safe, fair stage on which to do so.”
As has always been the case, the final decision to participate in post-season play and manage local resources will rest with member schools and their communities. Timko noted that the NJSIAA will help members coordinate venues and resources.
“We’re here to assist programs get back on their feet, and there’s no shame if a school determines it simply cannot participate in tournament play,” said Timko. “Likewise, there’s no shame in student athletes lacing up their cleats for a few hours to help take their minds off the devastation that surrounds our communities.”
The various tournament schedules, as initially outlined on Nov. 5, are available at http://www.njsiaa.org/NJSIAA/RevisedTournamentDatesNov2012.pdf
“Sports teaches our children wonderful life lessons,” Timko said. “And among these is how to persevere through challenges and adversity.”
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