IMPORTANT TERMS TO KNOW
The following terms, as defined by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA), will help you understand athletic procedures and guidelines. Please familiarize yourself with these terms to better understand state regulations on athletics and to avoid confusion when handing in forms.
- In-Season: The time period in which an NJSIAA sport may participate in interscholastic competition. Tryouts/Practice may begin on the first official start date of each season for a particular sport. A student-athlete must attend six (6) official practices to compete in an interscholastic scrimmage or competition.
Fall Season Sports: Cross-Country, Soccer, Crew*, Sailing*
Winter Season Sports: Basketball, Bowling, Fencing, Ice Hockey, Swimming, Indoor Track, Wrestling
Spring Season Sports: Baseball, Crew*, Golf, Lacrosse, Outdoor Track, Rugby*, Sailing*, Tennis, Volleyball
*Denotes non-NJSIAA sport, therefore are not subject to the "in-season"/"out-of-season" guidelines
- Out-of-Season: The time period in which an NJSIAA sport may participate in strength and conditioning fitness/open-gym programs but may not compete in interscholastic competitions or practices with the team/coaches of that particular sport. The "out-of-season" period is defined as any time in which the sport is not "in-season."
Example: Basketball is a winter "in-season" sport, therefore making the "out-of-season" period for basketball fall and spring. During fall and spring, the basketball team may not play or practice basketball as a team and may not have any contact with their coaches.