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FHSAA postpones all Florida High School athletic events until further notice

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The organization said it will reevaluate things if schools are back in session by April 15.
by: Ryan Kohn Sports Reporter

The Florida High School Athletic Association has postponed all athletic events indefinitely, the organization announced Wednesday night. 

The move comes on the heels on the state of Florida ordering all schools closed until April 15. The FHSAA said if all schools are back in session at that date, it will reevaluate its postponement. Besides athletic events, the FHSAA has also postponed all meetings and conferences. 

The FHSAA also stated that despite Gov. Ron DeSantis affording parents the right to retain their child a year, the FHSAA's Bylaw 9.5.1 is still in effect. The bylaw states that athletes are eligible for eight consecutive semesters, starting with the fall semester of their freshman year. This means that athletes retained a year by parents will still be subject to those eligibility restrictions, unless a change is made to the bylaw. Any change to the bylaw would have to be made by the FHSAA Representative Assembly. 

For more on the potential cancellation of spring sports, read our feature talking with high school seniors about the possibility of no spring sports. 

I’m the sports reporter for Sarasota and East County and a Missouri School of Journalism graduate. I was born and raised in Olney, MD. My biggest inspirations are Wright Thompson and Alex Ovechkin. My strongest belief is that mint chip ice cream is unbeatable.

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