BPS announces indefinite suspension of fall sports

Teams can still condition, but can’t start practice


Fall sports practices and tryouts for Brevard County high schools has been suspended until further notice.

Practices could have started as early as Monday following a vote earlier this week by the Florida State High School Athletic Association, but one-by-one, counties across the state have opted to push their opening dates back because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“Brevard Public Schools will remain in Stage 1 of our Return to Activity (RTA) Plan and will monitor feedback from the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA), the FHSAA Sports Medicine Advisory Council, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Florida Department of Health, as we continue to consider a plan to safely return our staff and students to athletics in the fall,” the BPS statement read.

“Fall sports teams will not begin formal practice at this time, but may continue conditioning as outlined in Stage 1 of the district’s RTA.”

Brevard County athletic directors voted on Tuesday to push the start of practice to Aug. 3, but a BPS spokesperson said that vote was meant to be informal.

So, at this time, there is no specific date when fall sports practices may begin.

The FHSAA Board of Directors, which voted this past to stick with its original calendar, was scheduled to meet again Thursday at 5 p.m.

The FHSAA Sports Medicine Advisory Council (SMAC) has recommended suspending football and girls volleyball indefinitely until three benchmarks are met. They included a downward trajectory of coronavirus cases, a positive-case test rate of less than 5 percent for at least 28 days and two weeks of practices before games could be held.

The SMAC recommendations did not call for a delay for other fall sports like golf, cross country, bowling and swimming.

Justin Barney from NewsJax4.com tweeted Thursday afternoon that the list of counties who have announced a push back on the start of fall sports stood at 32 and was still growing.