GAINESVILLE, FL. (8/14/20) – The Florida High School Athletic Association’s Board of Directors voted Friday to allow member schools to begin fall sports on August 24th, 2020. Carlos Ochoa, Athletic Director at Hialeah Gardens High School in Miami-Dade, motioned to approve Option 1 presented to the Board with the caveats that schools would not have a minimum contest limit to be eligible for State Series play and that schools may opt out of the State Series by September 18th with the ability to form their own regional schedule upon approval from the FHSAA. The motion was seconded by Wewahitchka Athletic Director, Bobby Johns and ultimately passed, 11-5. The Board also voted to require all coaches to view the NFHS Course “COVID-19 for Coaches and Administrators” and to make a COVID waiver form available to schools. Executive Director, George Tomyn, says he is happy student-athletes finally have the chance to compete again and states the Association is eager to work with schools and school districts to help them convene participation at the appropriate times.
About the FHSAA
The Florida High School Athletic Association supervises and regulates interscholastic athletic programs for high school students at member public, private and charter schools. The organization also recognizes and honors academic and athletic achievement among current and former student-athletes at almost 800 middle, junior and senior high schools statewide. Headquartered in Gainesville, it is the official governing body for interscholastic athletics in Florida.