FHSAA rolls out three potential plans for season

Three plans are on the table for high school athletics as the Florida High School Athletic Association continues to attempt to navigate a path to a season amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.

With the third option, the 2020-21 sports calendar gets a complete overhaul.

Football, volleyball, cross-country and girls weightlifting seasons would get rolling Nov. 30, with contests starting up Dec. 14. 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. 1. 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.

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