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FHSAA Update – March 12th

 

FHSAA CORONAVIRUS Update – March 12, 2020

GAINESVILLE, FL – The FHSAA continues to monitor developments regarding the CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) and its
impact on Florida and local communities.

Schools and school districts should continue to follow state and local health department advisories regarding extracurricular
activities and athletic contests.

Following CDC recommendations regarding limiting unnecessary travel, the FHSAA meetings listed below will be held via
teleconference. Specific directions to follow.

March 18 – Winter Sports Officials Advisory Committee
March 23 – Basketball Advisory Committee
April 1 – Section 2 Appeals Hearing
April 2 – Section 3 Appeals Hearing
April 3 – Section 4 Appeals Hearing
April 7 – Section 1 Appeals Hearing
April 8 – Athletic Directors Advisory Committee

**AT THIS TIME, THERE HAS BEEN NO FINAL DECISION MADE CONCERNING STATE CHAMPIONSHIP EVENTS.
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Spring Sports FAQs

1. If our school or school district has cancelled all extra-curricular activities, may we practice?

Practice is a school and/or school district-based decision. Provided your school and/or school district permits you to do so,
practices are permitted.

2. May we continue to play games if our school or school district allows us to play?

This is a school and/or school district-based decision. Provided your school and/or school district permits you to do so, and
conditions are appropriate, returning to your regular schedule of games is permitted.

3. What happens if my athletes do not meet the minimum contest requirements at the end of the season due to mandated cancellations?

The Executive Director may waive the minimum contest requirement on a case-by-case basis. Each school Athletic Director
should work through their sport administrator to gain approval.

4. If we have a game scheduled and the other team does not agree to play or make it up, is it counted as a forfeit?

No, if a makeup date was agreed to in your game contract, both schools will be required to uphold the contract. However,
if there is no contracted makeup date and no agreement on a necessary makeup date, the game will be stricken from the
schedule and neither school will be awarded a win or a loss. We encourage all schools to work together to reach the best
decision for student athletes.

5. What is the status of the FHSAA Spring Sports State Championships?

The FHSAA currently plans on maintaining the schedule as is, but will continue to work closely with host venues, local
school districts, public health officials and our Board of Directors to help guide our decision-making process throughout the
coming months. Decisions will be made in the best interest of coaches, administrators, fans and most importantly, student
athletes.

6. If we do have playoffs and championships, will playoff qualifications remain the same?

The FHSAA plans on maintaining the current structure for seeding the district tournaments and qualification for the regional
playoffs in each of the spring sports. The FHSAA will continue to monitor the situation throughout the spring season.

7. What do we do about district planning meetings?

All class 2A-7A basketball and soccer meetings will be moved to the fall of 2020. Schools may begin to create their regular
season schedules before these meetings take place. All volleyball and class 1A basketball previously scheduled meetings
will remain as scheduled. We encourage the host schools to hold the meetings via teleconference.

 

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