FHSAA Athletic Directors Advisory Committee Endorses Classification Proposal

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The Florida High School Athletic Association Athletic Directors Advisory Committee endorsed the FHSAA's classification proposal Wednesday at its special emergency meeting. The endorsement passed 9-1, with American Athletic Director Marcus Gabriel being the only committee member to not endorse it. The FHSAA Board of Directors will now vote on the proposal at its next meeting Oct. 29 in Gainesville.

If approved by the Board, the two-year classification cycle would begin with the 2019-20 school year. The proposed new classification structure would reduce the following sports to six classes plus rural (rural would not be affected): baseball, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, softball and girls volleyball.

Districts would remain, but schools would not be required to play regular-season district contests. Following the regular season, there would be required district tournaments seeded by MaxPreps rankings.

The regional playoff brackets for Class 2A-7A (1A rural playoff structure remains the same) would feature four regions per class and four districts per region. District champions would automatically qualify for the playoffs, with the top four seeds in each region being seeded by MaxPreps. Following the top four automatic qualifers being seeded, teams 5-8 would receive at-large bids via their MaxPreps rankings. Higher seeds would host.

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About the FHSAA

The Florida High School Athletic Association supervises and regulates interscholastic athletic programs for high school students at member public, private and charter schools. The organization also recognizes and honors academic achievement among student-athletes at almost 800 middle, junior and senior high schools statewide. Headquartered in Gainesville, it is the official governing body for interscholastic athletics in Florida.