FHSAA Votes to Allow Prep Sports to Begin on Aug 24th

August 14, 2020

By: Staff Report

TAMPA, Fla. – The Florida High School Athletic Association board of directors met Friday to decide the future of prep-sports in schools, with option #1 passed with a vote of 11-5, to allow school sports to begin on August 24th and the first game being played on September 4th.

This vote also approves an amendment added today, that allows FHSAA member schools to opt-out of the official FHSAA state series and approved sports season calendars, by on or before Sep. 18th. These schools that opted out would have to work with FHSAA staff to design a regional calendar to permit play outside of the official school calendar.

The options they voted on were as follows: 

  • The first; practice starting on August 24 with the first games kicking off the first week of September. (September 4th)
  • The second; postpone practices until September and condensing the regular season to seven weeks or less, while foregoing state tournaments. 
  • The third option; push back all sports seasons. Fall sports would be delayed until November 30, and most sports would participate in a 5-6 week schedule.

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