High School Football

High School Football
Posted on 12/04/2017

New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) approved a change to its bylaw on Cooperative Sports Programs. The newly adopted changes allow for Group III, IV, and V schools to enter into cooperative agreements for football (only football) under certain specified conditions. 

Specifically: 

Cooperative teams may exist in football in Group III, IV, and V under the following conditions:

A. Teams agree to forgo any divisional championship and/or state tournament competition.

B. Any school playing against a cooperative football team pursuant to Section 10.B.10 shall be considered the winner of the game for the purposes of the determination of a post-season playoff berth.

C. The cooperative agreement should be examined every two years (exemptions should coincide with the two-year scheduling cycle).

D. Co-op teams may be eligible for a regional crossover game.

Essentially this means that teams that have low numbers and are concerned with participation and safety may enter a cooperative agreement with another team. However, in order to do so, a district(s) would have to forgo post-season play.

WW-P will meet with administrators and coaches to determine student interest over the next two years. WW-P will make the determination to maintain separate teams or enter a co-op arrangement based upon the health and safety of our teams and the viability of maintaining two separate programs. WW-P believes that keeping programs separate increases opportunity so long as it can do so safely. 

Also, Senator Turner has introduced a bill in the Senate that unanimously passed out of the Senate Education Committee.  It is expected that Assemblyman Benson might enter a companion bill in the Assembly soon. 

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