The Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) released the updated calendar and state series dates for fall sports on Tuesday.
As of right now, all FHSAA member schools will have until Sept 18 to opt out of the new cross country State Series. This state series will consist of District meets run on October 26-31, Regional meets on November 2 - 7, and the State Finals run on two separate days on November 13-14. These meets will depend on the amount of teams that commit to participate in the State series and the FHSAA will "look into the possibility of restructuring the district complex in the sport," according to the FHSAA calendar update.
FHSAA Updated Calendar
|First day of regular practices||Aug. 24|
|First day of regular season competition||Sept. 4|
|Last day of regular season competition||Oct. 24|
|District meet competition||Oct. 26 - 31|
|Region meet competition||Nov. 2 - 7|
|State Final meet competition||Nov. 13 - 14|
The state series qualification process will look a little different with the first six teams and top four individuals qualifying fro district to region, and the first four teams and four individuals from each regional meet qualifying to the state meet. This qualification and district zoning is all pending the amount of schools that opt in for the state series.
The FHSAA State Championship meet will have two classifications racing on Nov. 13 and the other two on Nov. 14. Races will be "done in the mornings and evenings on both dates to reduce crowd congestion," for safety precautions according the FHSAA calendar update.