NJSIAA to Eliminate TOC Team Events | High School Live

Atlantic City’s Frank Turner (3) shakes the hand of teammate Mark Crumble (23) with minuets in the game against Seton Hall Prep’s for the New Jersey Basketball Tournament of Champions semifinals at Louis Brown Athletic Center, Piscataway, NJ Saturday March 19, 2005. Atlantic City loses to Seton Hall Prep in the semifinals. (Photo by Edward Lea/The Atlantic City Press)

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The New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association took an important step toward eliminating Team Tournament of Champions events on Wednesday morning.

The NJSIAA Executive Committee voted on first reading to get rid of all team TOC events beginning in the 2022-23 season. The decision will become official if approved at second reading in December.

Tournaments of Champions pair state champions from each entry pool with each other to determine an overall state champion. The NJSIAA currently hosts TOC events in basketball, field hockey, lacrosse, women’s volleyball, tennis, bowling, and softball.

“The status of our TOC has been discussed in and around our office for the past several years,” said Colleen Maguire, executive director of NJSIAA. “Many have wondered if the time has passed these tournaments.”

Maguire said an NJSIAA survey found that 14 of the state’s 15 high school leagues approved the elimination of TOC.

“We don’t make this proposal lightly,” Maguire said, “but we firmly believe it’s in the best interests of all student-athletes.”

There are two main reasons for this move.

The NJSIAA decided early this year to shorten several of its seasons starting in 2022-23. With the elimination of TOC, the regular basketball season will be cut short by a week. If the TOC had continued to exist, the regular basketball season would have been cut short by two weeks.

Carol C. Reed