The Florida High School Athletic Association’s board of directors voted 11-4 to delay the start of the fall sports season to at least August 24 on Thursday.
The move comes after days of disapproval from coaches around the Sunshine State, specifically South Florida, about the FHSAA’s decision to start fall sports practices as scheduled on Monday, July 27.
The plan, proposed by Citrus County School Board member Doug Dodd, pushes back tryouts and practices but allows teams to continue summer conditioning if the district allows.
“They got it right,” said Chaminade-Madonna head coach Dameon Jones.
Dodd motioned for the FHSAA Board of Directors to meet again, this time in person, sometime between August 10 and August 17 to discuss how to return to play. He asked for FHSAA Executive Director George Tomyn to meet with fellow FHSAA staff members and other advisory committees to revise the fall sports plan.
The FHSAA’s decision comes on a day in which the number of new coronavirus cases in Florida reached 10,249 with 173 deaths, the most fatalities reported in one day.
Miami-Dade County Superintendent Alberto Carvalho had said he was disappointed with the FHSAA’s original decision to start as scheduled.
“It will create limitations for Miami-Dade student-athletes. They won’t have the same opportunities to condition and participate the way other students will around the state,” Carvalho added. The county even threatened to step away from the FHSAA all together on Wednesday.
He said he considered the FHSAA’s decision to be highly unfair because it could result in “significant inequities” for student-athletes. The district even threatened to step away from the FHSAA all together.
Miami Palmetto head coach Mike Manasco, among plenty of other coaches in South Florida, were ecstatic about the FHAA’s decision.
“@FHSAA Thank you for giving all your student-athletes a chance to compete safely and together as a State! #MaskUp,” Manasco said.