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FHSAA may push back season again, require student-athletes to sign COVID-19 waiver

The Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) could decide to push back the start of the fall sports season even further. At its last meeting, the board agreed to start the season on August 24.

At 10 a.m. on Friday morning, the organization will meet again to go over recommendations from its Sports Medicine Advisory Committee (SMAC). The board was given three options and SMAC unanimously recommended the option that splits the 2020-2021 season into three. They did recommend a few adjustments.

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The plan originally had a start date of November 30 for practices and the season starting December 14. In a nine-page supplemental document for Friday’s meeting, SMAC is looking at a September 28 start date for practice and the season would start October 12.

This plan would allow for experts to look at the COVID-19 data for the first couple weeks of school, analyze it the week before practice starts, and make more comprehensive decisions on how to move forward.

SMAC’s recommendations also include clear reporting procedures for COVID-19 cases or screens, contact tracing and quarantining, establishing plans for schools that cancel athletics and contingency plan if brick and mortar schools shut down.

On top of that, SMAC came up with a waiver all student-athletes would have to sign before playing. The liability waiver puts the burden on the athlete and parent if the child contracts COVID-19.

The FHSAA is responsible for regulating nearly 800 schools across the state.

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