Shore area AYF football season canceled
Steven Falk, Asbury Park Press Published 10:57 a.m. ET July 27, 2020 | Updated 2:40 p.m. ET July 27, 2020
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The New Jersey AYF-Jersey Shore Conference has canceled its football and cheerleading season, its Executive Board announced Sunday on its website.
Shoresportsnetwork.com was the first to report the cancellation.
“Although it was a difficult decision, it was made in the best interest of our participants, volunteers and families,’’ the league’s statement said. “With the ongoing risk and increasing spread of the COVID-19 virus locally and nationally, the New Jersey American Youth Football and Cheer – Jersey Shore Conference Executive Board believes that the health risks involved in participating in a football and cheer season would come to the detriment of the children, coaches, and volunteers we are charged with servicing.’’
NJYF-Shore Conference comprises Monmouth and Ocean counties and also serves Middlesex, Hunterdon, Union and Sussex counties.
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“It is our hope that we are able to continue our mission in 2021, if conditions allow. We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as they are available and necessary,’’ the organization said.
Gov. Phil Murphy allowed youth sports to resume activities by June 22 and sports like football, wrestling, boxing, martial arts, rugby and cheerleading were given the go-ahead to resume contact drills outdoors by July 20.
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Murphy’s orders covering youth sports do not pertain to scholastic sports or collegiate sports, which are under the jurisdiction of the NJSIAA and NCAA respectively.
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Phase 1 of the NJSIAA’s summer recess program began July 13 and Phase 2 began Monday for those teams who have completed Phase 1.
The NJSIAA has pushed the start of its fall sports season back to Sept. 28 for girls tennis, Oct. 1 for most sports and Oct. 2 for football with official fall practice beginning Sept. 14.
There will be a six-week regular season from Oct.-Nov. 7 for high school football and a two-week post-season that will not be the “traditional sectional tournament” format. NJSIAA Chief Operating Officer Colleen Maguire said July 10.
Other sports will also have a shortened regular season and post-season.
The scholastic fall sports season will conclude Nov. 26 with the Thanksgiving Day football games for those schools who have them.
Several collegiate football conferences member, have either canceled their fall sports seasons or nonconference schedules and will play just conference game schedules.
The Big Ten Conference, which Rutgers is a member, has canceled its nonconference schedule and will play just a conference schedule for all sports in the fall.
Monmouth University has canceled its fall season for all sports.
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