After much deliberation, the FHSAA has finally made the ruling to cancel spring sports for the rest of the season. They also announced that there will be no additional eligibility for the spring sports athletes into the next year.
“We are deeply saddened for our student-athletes who have seen their seasons and/or high school careers end so abruptly,” the FHSAA said. “Our Association knows the impact and role high school athletics play in the lives of so many and will continue to work towards the betterment of high school sports. We know this is a trying time, but the health and safety of all is of utmost importance to this Association.“
This came shortly after Governor Ron DeSantis made the decision to keep schools closed. On Saturday, he said that all schools will remain at distance learning for the remainder of the school year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
DeSantis had continued to hold out hope that students would still be able to return to school this year, but the safety of the students, parents, and coaches remains the most important thing to the FHSAA.
There was also the hope that students would be able to get an extra year to earn a college scholarship if they are held back a year. That will not be the case for student-athletes.
“To all our senior student-athletes, we thank you for dedicating your time and efforts to your school, your coaches, and your teammates,” the FHSAA said. “Cherish the memories you have made and embrace all that the future holds for you. While we are saddened that you are unable to compete this season, we could not be prouder to have been represented by such hard-working individuals.”
Written by Kyle Grondin