Florida votes down delays, will proceed with high school football

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Stop us if you’ve heard this one before. Florida’s going to forge ahead with sports, even if the medical advice points in the other direction.

According to Buddy Collins of the Orlando Sentinel, the Florida High School Athletic Association voted to proceed with the current calendar for high school sports, which includes football practice starting next Monday.

The FHSAA board voted 10-5 to keep things as they were originally scheduled, voting down three proposals which would have pushed the start date back two weeks.

The group’s sports medicine advisory committee recommended that football and girls volleyball be delayed indefinitely because of their increased risk, but some board members didn’t get the report until Monday.

“It is our stance that return to competition for the high-risk sports of football and volleyball is not medically safe,” said Dr. Jennifer Maynard, a Jacksonville physician from the Mayo Clinic who chair’s the committee.

The board did agree to another meeting next week, but at the moment, football will begin as scheduled in one of the nation’s hotspots for COVID-19.

“We right now, whether you want to recognize it or not, are the epicenter,” said Miami Riviera Prep athletic director Mark Schusterman said. “The truth of the matter is this is spreading across the state. Unless we contribute in stopping it, we are putting our kids in danger.”

Other states, including California, are making adjustments to schedules including pushing football back to the spring. Florida has been the most welcoming of states to bringing sports and large events back, hosting the NBA and MLS bubbles in Orlando, and volunteering to host a large political convention in August.

The Buccaneers and Dolphins pushed back rookie reporting for two days (it was scheduled to begin today), but otherwise NFL training camps appear to be beginning on schedule as well.

20 responses to “Florida votes down delays, will proceed with high school football

  1. Why not keep everyone in there homes for the next 4 years, that way there will be .000001% chance something bad happens to someone. This is NOT the 1500’s plague that killed 50 Million people, this is 2018 flu on steroids ~ that is all. Kudos to Florida for avoiding the hysteria and getting their state back to normal.

  2. Interesting because my Florida county just moved the start of school 3 weeks back to August 31st yesterday.

  3. As a Florida resident all I can say is the politicians in this state are dumber than dirt!

  4. I wish we were back to normal. Had we followed the plan we could be like Italy and other EU countries who have their version of football (and other things) back. Instead, we wasted a two trillion dollar stimulus meant to get us where they are and are so far from “normal” it is mind boggling. But by all means keep denying science and at this point even common sense, seems to be working out great for all involved.

  5. If I could insert the GIF of Bugs Bunny sawing off the state of Florida, I would.

  6. I doubt this post will be approved but I agree with this decision. Covid has an extremely low mortality rate and its even lower in this age range.

  7. It’s a fine line between getting on with life and safety. Sure there are more and more cases but that’s because there are more people getting test. But there are far fewer fatalities than there were a month or two ago and Florida still has a fraction of the deaths experienced in New York and New Jersey.

    All that being said, why not err on the side of caution? What’s the big deal if we don’t have a football season. Sure, they’ll say it’s worth the risk but inevitably there will be a fatality from football and then ask the family of that player if it was worth it. Then ask that family if it was worth it. There are so many unknowns still about this thing but did you notice that when they opened the bars and the beaches here the cases went up? I suspect the same thing will happen with football unless they don’t allow fans at the games–which the parents won’t like. I just think it’s a risk that isn’t worth taking.

  8. “but some board members didn’t get the report until Monday.”

    That’s an odd line right there. Surely the report was emailed out to everybody at the same time. There are board members who don’t check their email regularly? Or don’t have email?

  9. Interesting that some of you think hospitals with overflowing ICU’s are “normal”.

  10. You know by the amount of people involved and the data we have on hand some of these people are going to die. This shows you how much money is tied up in high school football in places like Florida and Texas.

  11. mackcarrington says:
    July 21, 2020 at 12:13 pm
    Interesting that some of you think hospitals with overflowing ICU’s are “normal”.


    The interesting part is when hospitals in Houston reported they were overflowing, in reality, they were operating at 72%.

    It’s been reported that the CDC has been counting positive tests as well as antibody tests as currently positive cases. There was a report out of San Antonio last week that Bexar County had been double counting cases, AND there was a report in Florida where they were having 98% of people testing positive when it was actually 9.8%.

    The American public are being played for political gain. The death rate has remained low. The lions share of those dying from COVID-19 are elderly or have pre-existing conditions.

    But keep believing that our hospitals are overflowing and that people are dropping dead left and right.

  12. Does being elderly or have a pre-existing condition mean it’s alright that those people die when they otherwise wouldn’t have? I’m tired of that dumb argument.

  13. More people die of heart disease (46,000) and cancer (45,000) in Florida every year than covid (5,000) has caused. With our governments line of thought, we need to regulate fried chicken. People need to stop watching the brainwashing news and start thinking for themselves

  14. Fact: The total fatalities from this typically occur in about 19 days in the USA. And this has been going on for 4 months.

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