Posted: 6:34 pm Monday, September 28th, 2009

FHSAA Board votes to restructure baseball, competitive cheerleading state series 

By Post Staff

The Florida High School Athletic Association Board of Directors voted on Monday to eliminate the best-of-three format of the region baseball final. The two-year experiment of the format was in its second year this past season. The FHSAA received feedback that it was a strain on athletic budgets and fans when the series went to three games, thereby forcing a second day for the region final.

There also will be a qualifying round for state competitive cheer and divisions based on school enrollment, while still keeping tumbling and non-tumbling competition in tact. The state championship was previously open to any teams who wanted to participate.

From the FHSAA release, here’s what else the board was up to today:

• Approved the final budgets for the 2009-10 school year for the FHSAA and the FHSAA Land Corporation.

• Approved a modification to Policy 36 to require head coaches in varsity sports to certify they have reviewed the FHSAA “Policy on Athletic Recruiting,” will comply with all provisions of the policy, and will review the provisions of the policy with their coaching staffs and players electronically in a process facilitated by the FHSAA (e.g., video rules presentations).

• Approved a recommendation of the Track & Field Advisory Committee to reverse the seeding order in the preliminaries of the long jump, triple jump, discus throw and shot put at the state finals.

• Approved a recommendation of the Tennis Advisory Committee to begin practice one week earlier in January.

• Approved a potential settlement of Cook v. FHSAA.

• Approved the following appointments to the PLAC: Colleen Croft, Gainesville area, parent representative; Eryn Croft, Gainesville High School, student-athlete representative.

• Approved the appointment of Daniel Sims, principal of Cottondale High School, to the Division 3 Public School Seat on the Representative Assembly.

• Endorsed the National Center for Sports Safety’s Prepare Course as an approved sports safety course to be used in conjunction with school district in-service coaching certification classes.

• Endorsed an amendment to Bylaw 9.5.2 to state “A student who repeats grade 6, 7 or 8 is ineligible to participate during the year of repeating the grade.”

• Endorsed the concept of an addition of a girls and boys adapted division to each track & field classification to allow students with permanent physical disabilities to participate in the state series without changing the existing scoring protocol and procedures.

• Requested staff to review Bylaws 3.2.6 and 3.11 regarding approved non-member school status for a recommendation to the 2009-10 Representative Assembly.

• Denied a recommendation of the Softball Advisory Committee to condense the FHSAA Softball Finals to a four-day format (Wednesday-Saturday) instead of the current six-day format, to advance eight teams to the finals using single elimination and to eliminate the region final.

• Denied endorsement of an amendment to Bylaw 9.2.4 to allow student eligibility by sport, and noted that the Board supported the current language.

• Heard a discussion on contest officials and the difference in mileage charges made to public and private schools in Duval County.

• Heard a discussion of the Executive Director’s performance evaluation form.

• Heard an update on the C2C Schools program.