FHSAA Board of Directors Vote 11-5 to Allow Fall Sports Practice to Begin August 24

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clause would allow schools to opt-out of competing by September 18

The Florida High School Athletic Association Board of Directors voted 11-5 to kickoff fall sports practice on August 24 during a meeting at the Best Western Gateway Grand in Gainesville.

GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA – The Florida High School Athletic Association Board of Directors voted 11-5 to kickoff fall sports practice on August 24 during a meeting at the Best Western Gateway Grand in Gainesville.

The FHSAA Board of Directors included a clause that would allow schools to opt-out of competing by September 18.

During the meeting, the board discussed three options for fall sports, two of which included options that delayed the commencement of the season to the October – November time frame.

The approved option is to start fall sports’ practice as planned on August 24, with all sports seasons starting on Sept. 4.

The Sports Medicine Advisory Committee, which had recommended a start no earlier than Sept. 28, also issued the following requirements before beginning full competition:

■ An Effective Reproduction number, which reflects expected infections from each positive case, lower than 1 for at least 14 days.

■ A seven-day rolling average for new-cases.

■ New cases per 100,000 in a population to be showing a downward trend for at least 14 days. Brevard County currently ranks 66 out of 67 Florida counties in daily new infection rates per 100,000.

The FHSAA fall sports lineup includes football, volleyball, cross country, golf, bowling and swimming and diving.

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