On Monday, Oct. 12, Gov. Murphy issued Executive Order 187, which permits indoor contact practice and indoor competition for all sports activities, regardless of risk level. 

In other words, all activities in all New Jersey school are now permitted, provided that gathering limits are followed, according to a statement released Tuesday by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA). 

Under the Executive Order, the number of people permitted at a practice or competition will be limited to 25% of the capacity of the room in which the event takes place, with the limit not to exceed 25 people. However, if the number of individuals who are necessary for the practice or competition, such as players, coaches and referees, is greater than 25, the practice or competition may proceed as long as no individuals are present who are not necessary for the event. If this exception applies, the number of individuals at the event still may not exceed 25% of the capacity of the room or 150 persons, whichever is less. 

Season Dates  Season 2 will start practice on Thursday, Dec. 3, the NJSIAA said. Regular season competition will begin Monday, Dec. 21, and end on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021. NJSIAA will host post-season competition from Friday, Feb. 5, 2021 through Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. 

Game Limitations Competition in all sports will be limited to two events per week; however, two three-game weeks will be permitted. The total maximum events for all sports will be 15 events during the regular season. This total represents all games played, including in regular season tournaments or other events, if permitted, the NJSIAA said. 

For further information about the rules and regulations that will affect winter sports, contact the NJSIAA at (609) 259-2776.