Wednesday will mark the end of three days of voting on whether New Jersey will implement a new playoff system that will allow the Garden State to play-down to a single state champion in all of the state’s groups.
On Monday, the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association’s general membership began voting on a proposal that preserves Thanksgiving games and would still end the season during the first weekend in December. In January, the NJSIAA voted remove a decade’s old clause in the governing body’s constitution that prohibited the crowning of state champs.
The plan will allow a 10-game maximum regular season for all schools. Public schools will play their group finals in Week 14, which will come the the week after Thanksgiving. The Non-Public schools would play their state championships in Week 13. However, if either Non-Public school has a Thanksgiving game, the final will be played the same week (Week 14) as the publics.
This week’s vote would be the final hurdle in brining overall state champs back into the state, which has never crowned a “true” champ from on the field competition.
The new playoff system could be in-place by 2022