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‘No in-person contact’: New NJSIAA FAQ adds detail & reinforces HS sports shutdown.
The NJSIAA’s revised FAQ, which updates a March 16 FAQ, says “during the governor’s statewide shutdown of all schools, no NJSIAA member school, school district, or coach may conduct practices, scrimmages, or games (which includes all official interscholastic contests). This is a mandatory period of no in-person contact between coaches and their student-athletes.”
The statement went on to stress that the no-contact rule, “includes any event organized by a parent, captain, or other student-athlete. These restrictions relate to all sports, not just spring sports.”
Virtual coach-athlete contact is OK, according to the statement, “including providing workouts or training materials. However, such virtual contact – as well as any activity that may result from it – must strictly conform to all directives in effect related to the coronavirus outbreak and social distancing guidelines.”
Asked whether the NJSIAA was responding to reports that in-person contact was taking place, spokesman Mike Cherensen said it was not, but rather it was acting to make the initial guidelines “very clear.”
The statement began with the re-commitment to start as season as soon as possible, saying, “All student-athletes will need an immediate sense of normalcy and providing even a semblance of a spring season will be essential to their physical and emotional health. It also will benefit the entire school community.”
The statement indicated that when a return-to-school date is issued the NJSIAA will work with leagues and conferences to determine the length of the season and potentially allow for county and conference schedules and championships. As for the possibility of spring state championships, the statement said, “As soon as a return-to-school date is made official, NJSIAA staff will work directly with key tournament staff for each sport to structure championship tournaments.”
Here is the NJSIAA’s complete Wednesday afternoon statement.
UPDATED NJSIAA FAQ's -- Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) – March 25, 2020
NJSIAA staff is focused on participation opportunities that will be available to its student-athletes as soon as schools reopen. All student-athletes will need an immediate sense of normalcy and providing even a semblance of a spring season will be essential to their physical and emotional health. It also will benefit the entire school community. Below are new FAQs that follow up the list we shared on Monday, March 16.
1. What is the status of the NJSIAA office?
All NJSIAA staff are working remotely, outside our physical office. All directors can be contacted directly, either via email or their cell phone.
2. What is the status of NJSIAA committee meetings?
All key meetings, such as those of our Executive Committee and its sub-committees, are being held as scheduled via the Cisco WebEx platform. Remote access to all meetings and other sessions necessary to continue the association’s business will continue, while non-essential meetings have been postponed until further notice.
3. Are coaches allowed to have in-person contact with student-athletes while schools are shut down?
No, during the governor’s statewide shutdown of all schools, no NJSIAA member school, school district, or coach may conduct practices, scrimmages, or games (which includes all official interscholastic contests). This is a mandatory period of no in-person contact between coaches and their student-athletes.
During the governor’s statewide shutdown of all schools, no practices, scrimmages, or games may be held. This includes any event organized by a parent, captain, or other student-athlete.
These restrictions relate to all sports, not just spring sports.
These restrictions are in place to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in accordance with restrictions imposed by the governor and recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the New Jersey Department of Health.
Coaches may interact virtually with their student-athletes, including providing workouts or training materials. However, such virtual contact – as well as any activity that may result from it – must strictly conform to all directives in effect related to the coronavirus outbreak and social distancing guidelines. In addition, any virtual contact and resultant activities must be entirely in keeping with all NJSIAA in- and off-season protocols.
4. When schools are able to reopen, how will NJSIAA determine the length of the regular season?
While the return-to-school date will play a significant role in determining the length of the regular season, NJSIAA staff will also discuss options with officers of each league and conference. Important factors in determining the potential length of the regular season will be feedback from these officers related to the status of various county or conference tournaments, as well as plans for abridged divisional and/or inter-conference schedules.
5. What is the status of NJSIAA championship tournaments?
As stated in the previous FAQ, all dates, locations, and qualification requirements per each sport’s tournament will be subject to change. As soon as a return-to-school date is made official, NJSIAA staff will work directly with key tournament staff for each sport to structure championship tournaments. Also, NJSIAA staff will work together to ensure that all sports will, as much as is feasible, provide consistent opportunities for participation and championship play.
6. What is the status of the NJSIAA Annual Business Meeting?
NJSIAA staff is currently evaluating all options regarding its Annual Business Meeting, including sectional meeting presentations. Options will be discussed with the Executive Committee, which needs to approve any change to the existing timeline and procedures. Plans for modification to the Annual Business Meeting will be announced once they’re approved.
7. Will NJSIAA host its annual Scholar Athlete Luncheon?
No, the NJSIAA Scholar Athlete Luncheon, originally scheduled for Sunday, May 17, has been cancelled. NJSIAA is continuing to solicit nominations from each member school and will send each honoree a certificate and gift. Monetary scholarships, however, will not be awarded this year.
The spring 2020 T&F online store is open until March 30, so now is your chance to get your first Voorhees Viking T&F gear or to upgrade your existing look!
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Let your athletes, family, friends and fans all know that now is the time to load up for the spring and summer. Be proud and show everyone who your team is!!!
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It IS a great day to look like a Vike!!!
Nick Raefski ('15) provided the highlight performance for his Fordham University T&F team at day 1 of the A-10 Conference Indoor T&F Championships in Kingston , Rhode Island yesterday!! Nick won the 5000m title with a time of 14:35.80, earning First-Team All A-10 Conference honors!!
His win helped his team finish day 1 in 4th place overall, with competition continuing today. This is Nick's second win this winter season. He also took 1st place in the 5000m on January 30th, at the Manhattan College Indoor T&F Championships at Ocean Breeze.
Nick had a great XC season last fall as well, winning the Metropolitan XC Championships at Van Cortlandt Park, taking 15th place at the A-10 Conference Championships and 21st at the ECAC Championships.
Good luck to Nick next weekend at the ECAC Indoor T&F Championships in Boston!! We are all so proud of you back here in Viking country!!!
Emma McGill won the 1600m championship yesterday at the Group 2 Indoor T&F Championships at the the Bennett Center in Toms River!!! Emily crossed the line with a PR time of 4:59.15!! She also took 4th place in the 800m with a time of 2:20.03, also a PR!! This is Emma's 7th win in 4 different events this indoor season!!! Way to go Emma!!
Emily Sell had a great race in the 1600m as well, finishing in 6th place with a PR time of 5:15.84!! The girls' 400m relay team of Emily Sell, Sonia Marran, Kerrigan Brennan and Rachel Rosales took 13th place and Elizabeth Ollerenshaw finished in 21st place overall in the shot put.
For the boys, Jack Tavaglione crushed his previous PR time by 12 seconds in the 3200m, taking 4th place with a time of 9:36.15!!! Luke Higgins and Dylan Fritz finished in 9th and 10th places respectively in the 3200m, and Henry Freligh took 10th place overall in the Pole Vault.
Great job everyone!!! Good luck to Emma and Jack next week at the MOC at Ocean Breeze!!!
Congratulations to all of our T&F athletes that competed this indoor season and good luck if you are continuing into this coming spring T&F season!!!
Our Viking Boys and Girls had a great night yesterday at the Group 2, North 2 Sectional Championships at the Bennett Center in Toms River, with a number of our athletes placing in multiple events!!
Henry Freligh won the Pole Vault competition!!
The Boys swept the 3200m, with Luke Higgins, Jack Tavaglione and Dylan Fritz finishing 1,2,3!!
Emily Sell and Grace Pankuck captured 1st and 2nd in their 3200m as well!!
Emma McGill, Emily Sell, and Soophia El-Zahr finished 1st, 2nd and 6th in the 1600m!!!
Emma took 2nd in the 800m as well!!
Elizabeth Ollerenshaw took 6th in the Shot Put!!!
The Girls took 3rd place in the 4x400m!!
Both the Boys and Girls finished in 2nd place in the overall team standings!!! Well done everyone!!!
Top 6 finishers advance in two weeks to the Group 2 Championships!!
Good luck to our advancing athletes!!
For complete results, visit NJMilesplit!!!
Emma McGill won the Girls 1 mile Invitational Run today at the New Balance Games at the Armory Track in New York City. She crossed the line in a blistering PR time of 5:02.17, just ahead of Mari Noble of Greenwich at 5:02.26!!! There were 3 heats and 38 runners in the event.
Emma qualified to compete in the New Balance High School Mile at the NYRR Millrose Games on February 8th at The New York Armory!!!!
Wow, way to go Emma!! Good luck at the Millrose Games!!!
The entire Voorhees community is so proud of you!!!!
To see the complete results from the event, go to
Dylan Fritz kept improving throughout his cross-country career at Voorhees, and by the time his senior season ended, Fritz was Hunterdon County’s top runner at the NJSIAA Meet of Champions, finishing 36th overall.
That finish, along with helping Voorhees to titles at the Hunterdon/Warren/Sussex meet and at the NJSIAA Central Jersey, Group 2 meet, makes Fritz the pick for the Hunterdon County Democrat’s boys cross-country Runner of the Year.
Fritz was part of Voorhees’ M of C team every year of his career, rising from the team’s seventh finisher as a freshman to its fourth as a sophomore and again as a junior, and finally to its lead runner this fall. Fritz hadn’t broken 17 minutes in seven races at Holmdel Park coming into the year, and then he surpassed it in all three visits to the course in 2019, turning in his best time at 16:34.77 at the M of C.
In his Holmdel debut in 2016, Fritz was one of only seven freshmen out of 187 runners at the meet.
“He ran very well as a freshman at a meet of that magnitude,” Voorhees coach Jeff Capone said. “We were pretty good that year and as he saw what the program was, I think he really was aware of what to expect sophomore, junior, and now his senior year, he’s one of our tri-captains this year, and he continually improved. He ran his best time at Holmdel on (Nov.) 23rd at the Meet of Champions.”
Fritz won the freshman race at the Hunterdon/Warren/Sussex meet in 2016 and was part of Voorhees’ varsity seven at the counties meet each of the next three years, turning in top-10 finishes each time and closing his career with an H/W/S title in October in 16:37.24, finishing 4.7 seconds in front of sophomore teammate Jack Tavaglione.
That finish helped Voorhees keep its H/W/S title streak going into a seventh year, putting up 37 points to finish with a 54-point cushion over runner-up Pope John. Fritz then finished runner-up at the NJSIAA Central Jersey, Group 2 meet to lead three Voorhees runners in the top four spots and help deliver the program its second consecutive sectional title.
“I think he got that from his freshman year on, looking at the commitment of what the team does and what the program is,” Capone said. “The seniors leave a legacy from what they’ve done, and he’s going to be one of those guys that we’ll talk about. I’ll bring him up in the years to come. He left a great legacy running cross-country and I think he’s looking forward to, and obviously I’m looking forward to coaching him indoor and in spring track.”
Fritz’s four-year span at Voorhees included four H/W/S titles, four top-three finishes at the Skyland Conference meet, three sectional titles and a runner-up, top-three finishes all four years at the Group 2 meet, and full-team representation at the M of C each year. From his freshman-year M of C forward, Fritz was a part of the Vikings’ seven in all of those big meets.It’s that kind of tradition, culture and expectation that will widen an athlete’s focus beyond the self.
“All the goals and times we talked about were team-oriented,” Capone said. “We talk to the guys individually about what they want to do and where they’re at and realistically how they’re going to improve, but Dylan knew the legacy of the team and he wanted to win as a team. They wanted to keep our streak alive in the Hunterdon/Warren/Sussex. They wanted to win another sectional title, (and) obviously we wanted to win another Group 2 title. Those were the kind of goals he set for himself and I think that’s how he pushed the other guys on the team, to remember that and keep the tradition of the program alive.”
Fritz helped keep that tradition alive, and Capone has another example to show Vikings to come of a runner who kept at it and whose results kept on trending upward.
Emma McGill added a state championship to her extraordinary XC season today at the Group 2 State Championships at Holmdel Park. This triumph marks her 7th meet championship this season! Dylan Fritz and Luke Higgins finished strong for the boys, in 4th and 7th place respectively. Both teams had a great day, each taking 3rd place overall in their races. It was truly a great day to be a Vike!!!
On the girls' side, Emma won with a time of 18:41, five seconds ahead of Angelina Perez of Lakeland Regional. Emily Sell finished in 16th place with a time of 19:54, Sophia El-Zahr took 30th in 20:38, Julia Romero 43rd in 21:08, Alina Staten 55th in 21:35, Emma Pankuck 61st in 21:44 and Kerrigan Brennan 78th in 22:14. The girls finished behind Holmdel and Haddonfield and there were 147 runners in the race. Emma will be racing next week, at the MOC, hoping to cap off her incredible season as the overall State Champion. Congratulations Emma and good luck next week!!
The girls await to hear if they qualify for a team wildcard spot next week at the Meet Of Champions. Way to go ladies!!!
For the boys, Dylan Fritz took 4th place with a time of 16:37 and Luke Higgins was right behind in 7th place with a time of 16:41. Jack Tavaglione crossed the line in 20th place at 17:08, Josh Kinsky 48th at 17:39, Matt Deacon 81st at 18:17, Nik Oliver 99th at 18:36 and Sam Dispenza 113th at 18:55. The boys finished behind Haddonfield and Bernards, and there were 155 runners in the race. Dylan and Luke will be running next week at the MOC and the boys also are hopeful that they too will qualify for a team wildcard spot next week. Great job guys!!! Good luck to Dylan and Luke at the MOC!
Watch Emma's post race interview on NJMilesplit here:
Emma McGill charging towards the finish at Holmdel today!
Former Voorhees Girls' head coach Justin Cassavell has been named the 2019 NJAC Men's Cross Country Coach of the Year by her peers as she led the Ramapo College program to its first NJAC Title in the nearly 60 year history of the NJAC Cross Country Championships. Six of her Ramapo College Roadrunners earned NJAC All-Conference honors. This is the second time Coach Cassavell has received this honor, having previously won the award in 2015.
Ramapo College continues to be a contender on the national scene in both cross country and track & field. Most recently Jeremy Hernandez became the NCAA Division III Indoor Champion in the men’s mile with a national record time of 3.59.01. He is the first NCAA Division III student-athlete to break a four-minute mile in the history of the sport.
Under Coach Cassavell, 14 individuals have qualified for the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field Championships and she has mentored nine more to become NCAA All-Americans. Eight individual Ramapo women have qualified for the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field Championships and four earned NCAA All-American honors. Amber Edwards became the 2018 NCAA Indoor National Champion in the triple jump with a mark of 12.52-meters (41’ 1.00”).
The Roadrunners return to action on November 16th when they travel to the NCAA Atlantic Regional Championships held in Canton, NY.
Great job Justina and good luck in Canton!!
Coach Justina Cassavell
To establish an educational and supportive environment for the young men and women of the Voorhees Cross Country and Track & Field teams by providing financial support, administrative assistance, coordination of social activities and philanthropic efforts.
Our booster club is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that supports Voorhees High School’s Cross Country and Track & Field Programs. Although the North Hunterdon-Voorhees Regional High School district provides the majority of the financial resources needed to assist athletes and coaches alike in a program as successful as Voorhees’s, the role of the booster club is to provide additional financial and volunteering support to both the Cross Country and the Track & Field teams.
The booster club hosts, coordinates, and covers the financial cost of numerous functions and initiatives throughout the school year for athletes and their parents. In order to do so, the booster club collects membership dues, participates in fundraising events, and encourages an active parental involvement. Your level of support has a direct impact on the success of all of our athletes!
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Brendan is a senior at Bucknell University, majoring in political science and economics. He competes on the XC team and runs the 800, 1,500 and 3,000 meter events on their track & field teams.
Matt is a senior at Bucknell University, majoring in political science and economics. He competes on the XC team and runs the 3,000 and 5,000 meter, and steeplechase events on their track & field teams.
Evan is a junior at Bucknell University, majoring in economics and German. He competes on the XC team and runs the mile, 1,500, 3,000 and 10,000 meter events on their track & field teams.
Nick is a senior at Fordham University, majoring in economics. He competes on the XC team and runs the mile, 3,000, 5,000 and 10,000 meter events on their track & field teams.
Robert is a senior at Cornell University, majoring in civil engineering. He competes on the XC team and runs the DMR, 3,000 and 5,000 meter events on their track & field teams.
Nick is a senior at Moravian College, majoring in physical therapy. He competes on the football team and throws javelin for their track and field teams.
Alainna is a sophomore at the University of Maine majoring in marine science. She runs hurdles on their track and field teams.
Chris is a sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania, competing for both their cross country and track and field teams.
Chad is a sophomore at New York University majoring in business. He throws shot put and javelin for their track & field teams.
Jack is a sophomore at Bucknell University and runs sprints and hurdles for their track and field teams.
Nicole is a sophomore at the University of Rhode Island majoring in textile and design. She is a distance runner for both their cross country and track and field teams.
Kevin is a freshman at Johns Hopkins University majoring in environmental engineering. He runs sprints and hurdles for their track and field teams.
Lauren is a freshman at American University and is a distance runner on both their cross country and track and field teams.
Daniel is a freshman at Bates College and is a mid-distance runner on both their cross country and track & field teams.
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