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Due to a recent spike in coronavirus cases, the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association will delay its high school football practice start date from Aug. 3 to Aug. 10.
In addition, as confirmed by NJSIAA Chief Operating Officer Colleen Maguire to MyCentralNJ.com, Week 0 games in New Jersey will be either canceled or rescheduled.
According to the newspaper, only 15 games involving 21 New Jersey teams played Week 0 games last season. A similar number was anticipated for 2020.
New Jersey has seen 2,321 new coronavirus cases reported in the past week.
The Aug. 28 out-of-state game between Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.)
at Archbishop Hoban (Akron, Ohio) was already canceled due to possible travel restrictions due the COVID-19 pandemic.
The regular season is now scheduled to begin Sept. 3-5, but that could change as well as a NJSIAA COVID-19 Medical Advisory Task Force meeting is scheduled for July 13 to discuss further adjustments.
On June 19, the NJSIAA unleashed return-to-play guidelines that would allow student-athletes to begin training in the first of what will be multiple phases while preparing for the 2020-21 season.
Coaches in all sports are allowed to resume in-person contact for outdoor conditioning and drills with student-athletes beginning July 13, the new official start date for summer workouts, called the "summer recess period."