The Florida High School Athletic Association canceled all affiliated events, inclusive of its state series and championships, for its nine recognized spring sports (baseball, flag football, lacrosse, softball, tennis, track and field, boys volleyball, water polo and boys weightlifting).
In a statement released to the media, the FHSAA said: “The safety of our student-athletes, coaches, officials, and fans is our top priority. With the evolving threat of the CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19), we must ensure that we do not contribute to the spread of this illness. We are deeply saddened for our student-athletes who have seen their seasons and/or high school careers end so abruptly.
“Our Association knows the impact and role high school athletics play in the lives of so many and will continue to work towards the betterment of high school sports. We know this is a trying time, but the health and safety of all is of utmost importance to this Association.”
It was an expected outcome following Gov. Ron DeSantis’ announcement Saturday that all K-12 schools would stay closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 year. The FHSAA consistently aligned its decision-making with that of DeSantis, along with the advisement of the Florida Department of Education, over the last month.
The FHSAA also stated it will not grant additional eligibility to seniors participating in spring sports, an option it specifically mentioned in its previous COVID-19 update earlier this month.