FHSAA Athletic Director Advisory Committee Recap For January Meeting

GAINESVILLE, FL (1/10/18) – The Florida High School Athletic Association’s Athletic Director Advisory Committee conducted their second meeting of the 2017-18 school year Wednesday in Gainesville.

The ADAC unanimously endorsed the Football Advisory Committee’s recommendation to add two more teams from each region to the state series for Classes 1A-4A. The FHSAA Board of Directors will vote to implement this change at its Jan. 29 meeting. Should it be approved, the rule will be implemented beginning this fall with the 2018 season. The committee also voted to more clearly define the FHSAA’s procedures for postponed and interrupted football games (Page 37 of link). These procedures will be modified before August in order to be enforced for the 2018 season. Additionally, the ADAC endorsed the recommendation to increase points for a loss in football. Starting this fall, 35 points will be awarded for losing to a Category 1 team (previously 30). The five point increase also applies for losses to Category 2 (30), 3 (25) and 4 (20) teams.

Regarding officiating, the ADAC approved a 40-second football play clock pending approval by the National Federation of State High School Associations at the NFHS Football Rules Committee meeting next week in Indianapolis, Indiana. In swimming and diving, the committee agreed to allow the FHSAA to create guidelines regarding pay structure for schools to follow. Lastly, the ADAC voted to have a minimum of four officials at the state swimming & diving meet.

In cross country, the ADAC approved two action items that will next go before the Cross Country Advisory Committee this December. The first approval was to allow the use of watches with GPS capabilities during all cross country meets. The final item to be supported was awarding the top-15 placing runners at the state meet.

The ADAC accepted the Track & Field Advisory Committee’s recommendation to add javelin to the state series in 2020. The rule change will reappear in front of the Track & Field Advisory Committee this May.

Finally, the ADAC voted to extend golf’s regular season from 14 contests to 16 contests. The FHSAA Board of Directors will vote on this as an action item in the near future.

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