The primary purpose of random testing in high school athletics is to DETER steroid usage.
Five players on the James Caldwell High School boys basketball team were randomly selected for steroid testing prior to participating in the state basketball tournament last month, Caldwell-West Caldwell Schools Superintendent Daniel Gerardi reported at Monday's Board of Education meeting.
Under state law, any individual or team athlete who qualifies for a state championship tournament may be subject to random testing by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Athletes and their parents are required to sign a consent form at the start of each season.
Rich Porfido, the high school's athletic director, said Wednesday the NJSIAA performed random steroid testing on five members of the boys basketball team on Feb. 25. The urine test looks for four banned-drug classes and 87 examples of banned substances.
Porfido said he expected to receive results about 30 days after the test.