Florida needs to unveil a real plan for spring sports

Interesting news rolled out of Ohio this week. The state’s athletic association laid out a schedule of what a spring sports season would look like if schools are reopened in May. You can check it out here.

It’s a plan that may never get put into motion. But at least it’s a plan that takes teams from the regular season and into the postseason. It speaks to the leadership Ohio has in place when it comes to athletics.

The Florida High School Athletic Association has yet to release anything similar.

All the FHSAA has done is say that a chance still exists for the season to resume in Florida after May 3. The FHSAA has also said it’s possible the season could extend to June 30.

It would be nice to have more detail about those possibilities made public.

I understand there is uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. I also know I’m not putting money down on schools reopening the remainder of this school year.

But it would be nice to see the state at least unveil a plan of what the spring sports season would like if we do get a miracle.

Tell us what the acclimation period would be. Tell us how many games would be played in the regular season. And tell us what a postseason schedule would look like, including locations for those events.

Like I said, no one would take it as being set in stone, but at least we’d know a real plan is in place if things do start back up. 

Maybe the FHSAA will have one in place in a week or two. 

Or perhaps it will just wait until the governor makes a call on the schools and go from there to devise a plan.

Either way, I find it interesting that Florida isn’t on top of this the way you’d expect it to be.

Like I said, we might not get a season, but at least be ready on the off chance that we do.

District Champs

Navarre’s boys weightlifting team isn’t celebrating a district championship this week. It should be. Because of the pandemic, The Raiders didn’t compete in the district meet Wednesday. That meet would have been the first step on the road to back-to-back state championships.

Instead, the Raiders haven’t competed since hosting their own invitational nearly a month ago.

The Raiders had a legit shot at winning the regional as well. They also would have been a serious contender for the state crown.

Missing Baseball

Thursday night should have been the season opener for the Pensacola Blue Wahoos. They were scheduled to take on Tennessee in front of what would have been a sell-out crowd on a picture-perfect evening on the bayfront.

It’s crazy to think we won’t have baseball in April and likely not in May either. But the real concern is do we get a minor league season at all?

Fan revenue is critical to a minor league team, and if fans aren’t allowed to attend games, I’m not sure there can be a season in 2020. It would take some creativity to still make a season happen without a revenue stream from the fans. 

On this Day in Sports History

On April 10, 1962, Mickey Mantle hit his 375th home run. Also on this day in 1983, Baltimore’s Eddie Murray comes through with his 1,000th career hit.

And on this day in 1994, Jose Olazabal wins The Masters with a score of 279.

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