School officials hope FHSAA overhaul stays benched

School officials hope FHSAA overhaul stays benched

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Some coaches and students oppose a rule that would strip some power from the Florida High School Athletic Association and allow students to play sports at schools opposite from the one they attend.

Some coaches and students oppose a rule that would strip some power from the Florida High School Athletic Association and allow students to play sports at schools opposite from the one they attend.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — For Coach Andy Colville, a close team means everything.

“I’m so proud of those young men.”

Colville is the head coach of men’s basketball at Godby High School in Tallahassee. This past season, he led his team to win a state championship and boasted the only winning record in Florida.

He attributes the team’s success to his seniors sticking together all four years.

So, he opposes a proposed law that would strip some power from the Florida High School Athletic Association and allow students to play sports at schools opposite from the one they attend. It would also ease eligibility and transfer rules.

“We had a bunch of 9th graders start as freshmen three years ago and we went 14 – 14, you know worst record I’ve ever had. But, they stayed together that group all the way to this year and we went 31 – 0,” Colville said.

“This bill actually works to eliminate and decrease the amount of recruitment that’s happening,” said Rep. Rene “Coach P” Plasencia, who supported the measure.

Despite its support, the law died during the legislative session that ended early in April. But, that hasn’t stopped several coaches and athletic directors to speak out against it – fearing it could be brought back up by lawmakers in June.

The 95-year-old FHSAA that consists of nearly 800,000 students also opposed the legislation.

They pushed for it to get benched when it was moving through the Capitol.

So far, lawmakers have not scheduled to vote on the law during special session, but doesn’t mean it can’t happen.

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