The following is a statement from the NJSIAA for high school sports:
“As details of Novel Coronavirus (now called COVID-19) continue to evolve, we want to assure all those we serve that the health, safety and wellbeing of our student athletes is our top priority.
Our staff is in communication with state agencies including the Department of Education and the Department of Health and we will continue to receive guidance regarding the safety of student athletes and fans.
If and when conditions change or we are provided additional information and guidance, we will share updates.
Because we are dealing with high school students, many involved in close-contact sports, we understand the interest and concerns.
“Given the current situation and what we know at this moment, there have been no changes to state tournaments for winter sports, or the start of the spring season.
This guidance may change if conditions change or more information is made available.
“We do strongly encourage all participants and fans to follow the prevention guidelines distributed by the Centers for Disease Control.
Beyond CDC guidelines, we encourage our student athletes and coaches to double up on hand washing and sanitizing, and practice sound food safety guidelines and refrain from sharing water bottles and food items. Athletes should also resist sharing equipment and clothing.
And while we value the grit and determination that sports teaches us, any athlete who is feeling ill should consult with a medical professional prior to participation.