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Representative Assembly Approves 9 Amendments To Current FHSAA Bylaws

GAINESVILLE, FL (10/21/19) – The 23rd Florida High School Athletic Association Representative Assembly voted to approve nine proposals Monday morning at FHSAA headquarters. Five of the amendments were approved unanimously by the members present.

All proposals were passed:

PROPOSAL               TOPIC                                                                                               VOTE (OF MEMBERS PRESENT) 
No. 2019/20-01            Sectional Appeals Committees – Composition                                 100% Y
No. 2019/20-02            Academic Requirements                                                                   71% Y, 29% N
No. 2019/20-03            Limit of Eligibility                                                                               98% Y, 2% N
No. 2019/20-04            Limit of Eligibility – Exception                                                           78% Y, 22% N
No. 2019/20-05            Documented Proof of Age                                                                98% Y, 2% N
No. 2019/20-06            Initial Appeals or Requests for Waivers                                            100% Y
No. 2019/20-07            Appeal and Request for Waiver Procedures                                     100% Y
No. 2019/20-08            Appeals Procedure – Appeal of Penalties                                         100% Y
No. 2019/20-09            Appeals Procedure – Committee Acts on Basis of Record in Case  100% Y

59 of the 67 delegates attended and voted. In addition to the amendments approved, Cambridge Christian School Athletic Director, Mark Butler was unanimously elected Chairperson of the FHSAA Representative Assembly. The Benjamin School Athletic Director, Ryan Smith was also unanimously elected Vice Chairperson.

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About the FHSAA Representative Assembly

The FHSAA Representative Assembly meets annually to consider and act on proposals to amend the Association's Bylaws. It currently is comprised of 67 delegates – 32 public high school delegates elected from 32 legislative divisions, 16 private high school delegates elected respectively from every two legislative divisions combined, four middle school delegates elected from each administrative section, one district school superintendent from each section, one district school board member from each section, two home education representatives, one charter schools representative from each section, and the Commissioner of Education or his designee. The Representative Assembly must act only upon those proposals submitted by member schools, the Board of Directors, the Commissioner, or any one of the Association's advisory committees. The Representative Assembly, acting as a whole, cannot develop its own proposal for consideration. A two-thirds majority vote of the Representative Assembly members present is required to adopt any proposed amendment.

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 and athletic achievement among current and former 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.