Osceola School District adjusts 2020 high school fall sports seasons

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The Osceola School District has joined other Central Florida school districts in the goal of providing opportunities for student-athletes during the COVID-19 pandemic through adjustments to the fall sports season calendars as follows, which are fluid based on the safety of student-athletes thus subject to change:

Football

First practice - Week of Sept. 7

First contest - Week of Sept. 21

Last contest - Week of Nov. 16

Bonus week - Week of Nov. 23 (Regional Semifinals) and Week of Nov. 30 (Regional Championship)

•Cross Country

First practice - Week of Aug. 10

First contest - Week of Aug. 24

Last contest - Week of Oct. 16

State Series starting Oct. 19

•Golf

First practice - Week of Aug. 10

First contest - Week of Aug. 24

Last contest - Week of Oct. 5

State Series starting Oct. 12

•Swimming

First practice - Week of Aug. 10

First contest - Week of Aug. 24

Last contest - Week of Oct. 12

State Series starting Oct. 19

•Volleyball

First practice - Week of Sept. 7

First contest - Week of Sept. 21

Last contest - Week of Nov. 2

Bonus week - Week of Nov. 9

Bowling

First practice - Week of Aug. 10

First contest - Week of Aug. 24

Last contest - Week of Oct. 12

State series - TBA

Bonus weeks for football and volleyball will serve as an opportunity to provide regional post-season events, such as regional championship caliber tournaments, matches, events and bowl games as conditions allow.  There will be no preseason contests.  High schools in Osceola County will participate in the Central Florida Coalition in cooperation with other school districts, and they will not participate in the FHSAA State Series for football and volleyball. 

"The delay in our athletic schedules for fall sports will allow schools to safely open, and still allow our student-athletes and coaches to complete their seasons with safety precautions in place as conditions allow," said Osceola School District Superintendent Dr. Debra Pace.  

At the July 20 Florida High School Athletic Association's (FHSAA) Board of Directors meeting, the FHSAA Board Members voted to allow the start of athletics on the originally scheduled date of July 27.  In the recent FHSAA Board meeting, autonomy to adjust seasons outside of the normal FHSAA calendar was granted to schools and school districts.  By doing so, the FHSAA provided flexibility in scheduling options based on information received from the local health departments.  Any alternative schedule would be for the benefit and safety of the student-athletes.