ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (December 2, 2015) – Superintendents, principals and athletic directors from the 435 accredited public, private and non-public member high schools of the NJSIAA (New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association) will soon have the opportunity to vote on five pieces of legislation that could have a major impact on interscholastic sports in New Jersey. All member schools in good standing will also have the opportunity to publicly endorse or criticize each proposal.
The following proposed items of legislation will be up for consideration during the 98th annual meeting, to be held on December 7, at 10 a.m., at the Pines Manor in Edison NJ (links to legislation provided):
Create a non-public football conference (proposed by the NJSIAA Public/Non-Public Committee)
Amend transfer rule, including distinguishing between closed-enrollment schools and open enrollment schools; would eliminate the bona fide change or residence condition presently in the transfer rule bylaw.” (proposed by the NJSIAA Public/Non-Public Committee)
Change the state wrestling championship structure (proposed by Northern Valley Regional High School)
Change the start date of the fall season (proposed by the Big North Conference)
Add winter season try-out period prior to Thanksgiving (proposed by Pascack Valley High School)
“Our hope is that 435 member schools are on hand, ready to share their views and vote,” says Steven J. Timko, NJSIAA executive director. “NJSIAA represents one of the few areas of education where public and non-public schools come together with an opportunity to directly impact the rules and policies governing interscholastic sports and more than 250,000 student-athletes.”
Timko noted that only member schools in good standing that have paid their dues and completed and properly executed necessary forms will be entitled to vote or speak either for or against ballot measures.
“Schools have been notified about the vote, provided all necessary information on the registration and voting process, and should come to the meeting ready to participate,” Timko added. “It’s game time for school administrators who care about high school sports.”