State ADs recommend late starting date

Fall high school sports season would not begin until Dec. 14, plan must be approved by FHSAA board

The Florida High School Athletic Association Athletic Director Advisory Committee met Wednesday and a slight majority recommended Option 3, the latest possible starting date for high school sports.

Committee members were asked to rank the three options in order with Option 3 first among eight members. Option 1 was first among seven members.

Under Option 3, fall sports (volleyball, cross country, girls weightlifting, football and competitive cheerleading) would begin practice on Nov. 30, play its first game Dec. 14 and conclude Jan. 23.

Winter sports of water polo (from the spring), basketball, tennis (from the spring), wrestling, flag football (from the spring) and soccer would begin practice Feb. 15. The first regular-season game would be March 1 and concluding April 3.

Spring sports of golf (from the fall), track and field, swimming and diving (from the fall)å, baseball, softball, boys volleyball, boys weightlifting and lacrosse would begin practice April 26. The regular season would begin May 10 and conclude June 12 with the season extending until June 26 with the playoffs.

The current format of the state series or adjustments will be made.

This is only a recommendation to the FHSAA Board of Directors when they meet next on Aug. 14.

Currently, the starting date for fall practice is Aug. 24 and the first week of the regular season is Sept. 7, as determined by the previous FHSAA board meeting.

“My money is still on Aug. 24,” Venice High volleyball coach Brian Wheatley said. “I’m gonna go with my gut. When I play blackjack I go with my gut. I don’t always win. In fact, I usually lose, but I’m going with my gut on this. I still think Aug. 24 is the day we start.

“The numbers are going down right now. A week from now, they are going to go with Option 1, I think.”


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