- New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association
- Not to be confused with the New Jersey Interscholastic Athletic Association
New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association Abbreviation NJSIAA Formation 1918 Type Volunteer; NPO Legal status Association Purpose/focus Athletic/Educational Headquarters 1161 Route 130
Robbinsville, NJ 08691
Region served New Jersey Membership 425 high schools Official languages English Executive Director Steve Timko Affiliations National Federation of State High School Associations Staff 16 Website njsiaa.org Remarks (609) 259-2776
The New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) is an association of hundreds of New Jersey high schools that regulates high school athletics and holds tournaments and crowns champions in high school sports.
In order for schools to move on to the state championship, they must achieve a winning percentage of .500 or greater by a pre-set date (the "cut–off" date). Football, wrestling and bowling are the only sports where a school may have a .500 record and not qualify for the postseason. For football and wrestling sports it is only the best eight schools in each section that move on. This is determined by power points, awarded to each game's winning team and based on the size of the school that is defeated and the score of the game. Winning percentage alone, however, is not sufficient to qualify for the playoffs. If a school's team has too many disqualifications, it is disqualified from the state championship. In bowling the top 2 teams in each division (North I, Group I; North I Group II, etc) in the State Sectional Tournament, qualify for State Finals. 
When a team wins its sectional championship, it is awarded a blue trophy on which is noted the section and the sport. For public schools, the two North Jersey winners face off against one another, while the South and Central teams play each other in the statewide semi-finals. The two winning teams then play each other for the statewide Group championship. For non-public schools, the two section winners compete in the state Non-Public championship; the champion receives a gold trophy.
For some sports, each group's state champion play each other in the Tournament of Champions for the overall state championship and #1 state ranking. For boys, the tournament is offered in basketball, bowling, cross country, golf, lacrosse, tennis, track-indoor, and track-outdoor. For girls, the sports are basketball, bowling, cross country, field hockey, lacrosse, tennis, indoor and outdoor track, and volleyball.
In some sports, there are no group championships. In these sports — all schools, public and non-public alike — compete for a single state championship. For boys, the sports are fencing, golf, and volleyball. For girls, they are fencing, golf, and gymnastics.
Student athletes may also be state champions. The sports that offer individual state championships are bowling, cross country, fencing, golf, gymnastics, tennis (singles and doubles), swimming, diving, indoor and outdoor track, and wrestling. All of these sports — except gymnastics (girls only) and wrestling (boys only) — produce both male and female individual champions.
On August 11, 2008, the NJSIAA released an official proposal for a realignment of athletic conferences located in Central and North Jersey. The proposal affects over 200 NJSIAA high schools in 31 conference divisions, making it the single largest realignment in state history. The result is six "super" conferences according to geography. A seventh, football-only conference would also be created for teams from two of the new super conferences. Not affected by this move are schools located in Mercer, Monmouth, and Middlesex counties as well as all of South Jersey.
Multiple reasons account for the super conferences realignment. First, the plan was triggered by dissatisfaction with competitive balance between schools, particularly in the football programs in public and non-public schools in the northern part of the state. It would allow schools more flexibility with whom they schedule for such events. Second, new enrollment totals and rates have vastly changed since the conferences were set up 27 years ago, and therefore have not adequately met the needs of all the schools. A final catalyst is the economy; the move would create cheaper overall traveling expenses.
The realignment by the NJSIAA has garnered very mixed reactions among the high schools that it would affect. For instance, Eastside High School, which has traditionally been beaten handily in athletic competition, endorses the move. Meanwhile, Summit High School has enjoyed great success in their conference and sees no need to part ways. Other schools generally share one of these two views.
The realignment, which was started for the 2009–10 school year, may only go into effect for 2–3 years, and if it does not work out well, a reversion to the old conferences is still a possibility.
- Annual Awards
- ShopRite Cup
- Scholar-Athlete Awards
- ETS Scholar-Athlete Awards
- National Association of Girls and Women in Sport
- Coaches Association Awards
- Official's Annual Awards
- Disqualification Free High Schools
NJSIAA Hall of Fame
- ^ a b c d e f g h "About The NJSIAA". NJSIAA. http://www.njsiaa.org/NJSIAA/about.aspx. Retrieved January 6, 2009.
- ^ a b c d e f g "NJSIAA Proposed Realignment". NJSIAA. September 4, 2008. http://www.njsba.org/sb_notes/20080904/realignment.html. Retrieved February 17, 2009.
- ^ a b c Moretti, Mike; Reilly, Sean. "A Tale of Two Schools: A Look at the Proposal's Impact". NJ.com. http://blog.nj.com/hssportsextra/2008/08/TWOSCHOOLSweb.pdf. Retrieved February 17, 2009.
- ^ Moretti, Mike (August 19, 2008). "NJSIAA realignment plan: Six super conferences in North/Central Jersey". NJ.com. http://blog.nj.com/hssportsextra/2008/08/njsiaa_realignment_proposal_si.html. Retrieved February 17, 2009.
- ^ Annual Awards. NJSIAA official website. Retrieved 2010-03-17.
- ^ ShopRite Cup. NJSIAA official website. Retrieved 2010-03-17.
- ^ Scholar-Athlete Awards. NJSIAA official website. Retrieved 2010-03-17.
- ^ ETS Scholar-Athlete Awards. NJSIAA official website. Retrieved 2010-03-17.
- ^ National Association of Girls and Women in Sport. NJSIAA official website. Retrieved 2010-03-17.
- ^ Coaches Association Awards. NJSIAA official website. Retrieved 2010-03-17.
- ^ Official's Annual Awards. NJSIAA official website. Retrieved 2010-03-17.
- ^ DQ Free Schools. NJSIAA official website. Retrieved 2010-03-17.
- ^ NJSIAA Hall of Fame. NJSIAA official website. Retrieved 2010-03-17.
- NJSIAA official website
- List of high schools affected by new super conferences alignment
National Federation of State High School Athletic Associations (NFHS)
AL: AHSAA • AK: ASAA • AZ: AIA • AR: AAA • CA: CIF • CO: CHSAA • CT: CIAC • DE: DIAA • DC: DCIAA • FL: FHSAA • GA: GHSA • HI: HHSAA • ID: IHSAA • IL: IHSA • IN: IHSAA • IA: IHSAA / IGHSAU • KS: KSHSAA • KY: KHSAA • LA: LHSAA • ME: MPA • MD: MPSSAA • MA: MIAA • MI: MHSAA • MN: MSHSL • MS: MHSAA • MO: MSHSAA • MT: MHSA • NE: NSAA • NV: NIAA • NH: NHIAA • NJ: NJSIAA • NM: NMAA • NY: NYSPHSAA • NC: NCHSAA • ND: NDHSAA • OH: OHSAA • OK: OSSAA • OR: OSAA • PA: PIAA • RI: RIIL • SC: SCHSL • SD: SDHSAA • TN: TSSAA • TX: UIL • UT: UHSAA • VT: VPA • VA: VHSL • WA: WIAA • WV: WVSSAC • WI: WIAA • WY: WHSAA
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