ROBBINSVILLE The flying of drones at NJSIAA athletic events will be prohibited during the 2015-16 school year NJSIAA Executive Director Steve Timko announced Wednesday at the first Executive Committee meeting of the new school year.
“There’s so much stuff that is still out there that is not told about drones,” Timko said. “Until we’re able to find out what’s happening, ‘No’ is the answer, and we’ll continue to work with our membership to see if there’s any adjustment that has to be made.”
The ban means games or practices can not be filmed using drones and fans can not do it for school spirit purposes, Timko said..
“Some of them use them for photographs, we don’t know,” Timko said.
FOOTBALL PUBLIC-NON-PUBLIC PROPOSAL
The probable dissolution of last spring’s proposal by the NJSIAA Public/Non-Public Committee to create a state-wide Non-Public Football Conference could have to wait until the November Executive Committee meeting Timko said.
That proposal, which was approved last spring by the NJSIAA’s Advisory and Executive committees would result in non-public schools Red Bank Catholic, St. John Vianney, Mater Dei Prep and Donovan Catholic not being members of the Shore Conference in football beginning in the 2016-17 school year and being placed into divisions of the Non-Public Conference.
The NJSIAA membership is currently scheduled to vote on the proposal Dec. 1 at the association’s annual meeting at the Pines Manor, Edision.
However, the probable formation of a North Jersey-based super conference could result in the idea of the state-wide Non-Public Conference not being needed.
Members of the North Jersey-based Big North, Super Essex, Hudson County Interscholastic Athletic Association and Northwest Jersey Athletic conferences have proposed a conference for football only that would consist of 115 schools, 98 public and 17 non-public.
Non-Public powers Don Bosco Prep, St. Joseph (Montvale), Bergen Catholic, Paramus Catholic, St. Peter’s Prep, DePaul, Delbarton and Pope John would be in the North Jersey super conference while all the other non-public schools around the state would be in the conferences they are currently in..
The Public/Non-Public Committee has yet to vote to endorse the proposal. As of right now, that committee is not scheduled to meet until Oct. 27.
If the Public/Non-Public Committee endorses the proposed super conference, the Executive Committee would then vote on whether to take the state-wide Non-Public Football Conference off the December ballot.
GROUP V WRESTLING
Timko repeated what he announced at the June Executive Commmittee that there will be a Group V in wrestling for the second consecutive year and that the semifinal and championship matches of the NJSIAA Team Wrestling Tournament will return to Pine Belt Arena on the campus of Toms River High School North after a one-year absence.
Those matches were held at Sun National Bank Center, Trenton last year after they had been held at Pine Belt Arena from 2005-2014.
The group championship semifinal and championship matches will take place Feb. 14.
Timko also repeated the schedule for the semifinal and championship matches that he announced in June:
The semifinals for Groups I and II will take place in the first round with four mats in use.
The semifinals for Groups III ands IV will take place in the second round with four mats in use.
The semifinals for Group V and the championship matches for Non-Public A and B will take place in the third round with four mats in use.
The arena will then cleared and two more rounds will take place in the second session. The championship matches for Groups I-III will take place in the fourth session and the championship matches for Groups IV-V will take place in the final round.
Wrestling on Feb. 14 will start at least a half-hour than the 10 a.m. start that has been used in years past.
NO POSITIVE TESTS FOR STEROIDS
Timko said there were no positive tests for steroids out of the 497 student athletes tested at NJSIAA championship events during the 2014-15 school year under the NJSIAA’s steroid testing policy.
Three hundred sixty one of those tested were males, including 192 football players, Timko said.
FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SITES
Jack DuBois, the assistant director who oversees football for the NJSIAA, said eight sectional championship games will take place at MetLife Stadium, seven at Kean University and five at Rowan University Dec. 4-6. Rowan will probably host the South Group I-V championship games.
The association has asked Rutgers if it can host four sectional championships, but is waiting for an answer from Rutgers, DuBois said.
Larry White, the assistant director who oversees eligibility and disciplinary issues for the association, said 427 student athletes were disqualified from games or matches during the 2014-15 school year. That is up 102 from the 2013-14 school year.
There were eight more coaching disqualifications during the 2014-15 school year than there were in 2013-14, White said.
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