ADAC recommends delaying sports season to November

Florida’s Athletic Directors Advisory Committee voted 8-7 Wednesday to recommend that the start of the high school athletic season begin in late November.

While it is merely a recommendation, it potentially sets the tone for what the Florida High School Athletic Association decides to do at its Aug. 14 board meeting in Gainesville.

The option the ADAC recommends is the third of three the FHSAA has rolled out for consideration to navigate a course to a season amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Under the third plan, practice would begin Nov. 30 and competition could get rolling two weeks later. 

Football, volleyball, cross-country and girls weightlifting seasons would take place in the new fall season. The season would end Jan. 23 and the state playoffs would follow.

The winter sports season would feature basketball, soccer, flag football and tennis and begin Feb. 15. Games could begin March 1 and the regular season would end April 3. Playoffs would follow.

That would leave the spring season with an April 26 start date for practice. Competition could get going May 10 and the regular season would end June 12. Postseason play would run through June 26.

Baseball, softball, track, swimming, golf and boys weightlifting would all take place in the spring.

Currently, the official start of fall practice is set for Aug. 24, and that goes along with the first of the three plans rolled out Wednesday by the FHSAA.

Under that plan, practice would begin next month and games could begin the week of Sept. 7. The state playoffs would take place as well.

Option two pushes the start of practice beyond August. No actual start date for practice is laid out in the plan but competition would begin two weeks after whatever date is set for practice.

But under that option, state playoffs wouldn’t be part of the equation. Schools would instead have the option to take part in local or regional playoffs.

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