FHSAA Board of Directors Recap For September Meeting

GAINESVILLE, FL (9/24/18) – The Florida High School Athletic Association’s Board of Directors conducted their first meeting of the 2018-19 school year Monday in Gainesville.

The Board voted to allow up to two FHSAA boys' and two FHSAA girls' basketball teams from Florida to participate in the 2019 GEICO Basketball Nationals tournament. The GEICO Nationals will serve as a postseason high school basketball tournament for both boys and girls teams and will be held April 4-6, 2019 in New York City.

Schools that are selected and elect to participate in the the tournament SCBS will receive a $10,000 merchandise account with Nike. Additionally, team travel, logistics and all travel-related expenses will be paid for.

The Board also approved a proposal from the Paragon Marketing Group, allowing FHSAA member schools to participate in the 2018 GEICO State Champions Bowl Series (GSCBS). The 2018 GSCBS will take place on either Dec. 21 or Dec. 22 and will likely be held at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona. Paragon’s postseason bowl games at the conclusion of the football season feature championship teams from multiple states. A selection committee—developed by Paragon—will choose schools from participating state high school associations that have won a state championship, taking credible, recognized national rankings into consideration.

Schools that are selected by Paragon and elect to participate in the GSCBS will receive either a $12,500 rights fee or a $25,000 merchandise account with an athletic shoe and apparel company or a sporting goods retail company, or a prorated combination of the two aforementioned types of compensation. Additionally, Paragon will also handle all travel expenses for up to 75 people in the travel squad.

Following four months of traveling the state and listening to its membership, the FHSAA staff presented the FHSAA Board of Directors with a classification proposal at its meetings Sept. 23-24. The Board met several times over the two days discussing the proposal. The FHSAA Athletic Directors Advisory Committee will have a special classification meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 10, at 9 a.m. at FHSAA headquarters in Gainesville. Following the ADAC meeting Oct. 10, the Board of Directors is tentatively scheduled to vote on the classification structure Oct. 29 at its meeting in Gainesville. Should it pass, the new classification structure would go into effect beginning in 2019-20.

Revised FHSAA Classification Proposal


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