GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WMBB)– The FHSAA Board of Directors voted on Friday morning to start fall sports on Aug. 24. The vote was 11-5.
Schools will have the option to opt-out of the state series, they will notify the FHSAA on or before Sept. 18. Regular season contest will begin on Sept. 4.
FHSAA staff will work with counties that opt-out to design regional calendars to permit play outside the approved sports season calendar.
This doesn’t mean that every district will start on Aug. 24. Bay District Schools has decided they will meet about the FHSAA’s decision on Monday with athletic directors and principals.
Some counties, like Washington, Jackson and Gulf, will go ahead and start on Aug. 24, but are still scrambling to fill their schedules due to other counties’ decisions.
The Vernon football team still has two more games to fill because Leon County announced they would only play county schools on Friday.
“And that’s the thing, everybody is scrambling right now trying to fill everything out and make sure their dates are correct,”Vernon head football coach Gerald Tranquille said. “I think this thing is gonna be fluid for the next couple of days until all the coaches figure things out.”
As far as scheduling goes for football season, the FHSAA said the kick-off classic and week 1 games are canceled and the teams would pick up with their week two opponents.
For practice, the teams will have two days in helmets, three days in shells and the rest can be in full pads.