On Aug. 20, the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association’s (NJSIAA) Sports Advisory Task Force released its updated Return to Play Plan, which provides schedules for fall and winter sports, and a contingency plan if the fall season cannot be completed. The dates for the spring sports season will be announced at a later date.   

Under the plan, the outdoor fall sports—football, cross country, field hockey, girls tennis, and soccer—will begin practice on Sept. 14. Girls tennis will begin competition on Sept. 28. Cross country, field hockey and soccer will begin competition on Oct. 1, and opening day for the football season will be Friday, Oct. 2.  

The indoor fall sportsgymnastics and girls volleyball—will be moved to a new, special season that will begin with practices on Feb. 16 and competition on March 3. If circumstances change, and the fall season is unable to play, the outdoor fall sports will also be played at this time.  

Winter sports teams may begin practicing on Dec. 3. Winter sport competition will begin on Dec. 21.  

The NJSIAA cautioned that all dates are subject to change, based on guidance from the governor and the New Jersey Department of Health.  

The full plan is available here.