New Jersey High School State Playoffs

New Jersey High School State Playoffs

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Javon Solomon started this petition to Governor Phil Murphy

Lets not call it playoffs, let's call it what it was called when the NJSIAA created a postseason of two weeks, grouping desiring football teams throughout the state of New Jersey to play in a  “2020 Postseason Grouping”. The grouping afforded teams, with the hunger and desire to compete, the opportunity to play two additional games beyond their regular-season schedules, and I am appealing to you, Committee Members, and requesting that the same consideration and opportunity be given to all the New Jersey State basketball teams. 


Just like the competitive, hungry football players, New Jersey high school basketball players would like the opportunity to compete amongst top teams in their conference and crown an unofficial champion. As a high school senior, and I am sure I speak for many, I know having any form of basketball this season is a blessing and I want to express gratitude, but as a competitor I still want what I,myself,  and others have worked for over so many years, a chance to be seen as a champion. If being seen as a champion can not happen on the state level then we are asking that our local conferences organize a “Post Season” grouping similar to that the football conferences were able to enjoy. Allow for the top teams to compete at their highest local level, and earn the right to be seen on a bigger stage and earning an “Unofficial Crown”.


 Not having the chance to play the highest performing teams in the conferences or league at season's end leaves one to go by record as to who is the better team without the best teams fighting for those top honors, like tradition, in the end of season. A team at seasons start might not have been playing to their potential and their overall record does not reflect that. Or the opposite is true, a team at the start might have gotten a break and won a game that truly was not reflective of their ability levels. Regardless of the case, I am requesting that the basketball players get what they have been competing for their entire basketball careers in the state of New Jersey, a chance to compete at the highest level possible and a chance for them and their team to showcase their talents. With proper precautions determined by the Health and Safety Committee that were employed during the “2020 Postseason Football” groupings, it is my belief, and the others' behalf that I am writing on, that the N.J. Basketball Leagues are capable of finishing out a successful basketball season as well as an unofficial but meaningful postseason grouping of games that will support the players feeling as though they competed at highest level possible this season and had the opportunity to showcase their skills at the highest level. 

 

Thank you for your time and consideration. 


Respectfully yours, 


Javon Solomon

 

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