FHSAA Could Sanction Beach Volleyball, Girls' Wrestling

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Florida is reportedly set to vote on whether to make girls’ wrestling and beach volleyball official high school sports.

According to The Gainesville Sun, the Florida High School Athletic Association Board of Directors discussed speeding up the process for sanctioning the two sports. The board also debated immediately implementing a state beach volleyball tournament, which would require ignoring a FHSAA policy that requires brand new sports wait at least one year before assembling a state series.

The board members voted to postpone the vote until their June 7-8 meeting. In the meantime, they will try to determine how many teams are interested in girls’ wrestling and beach volleyball. There are currently 79 schools playing beach volleyball in the Sunshine State Athletic Conference, which has its own state tournament this weekend.

“It sounds really good, I just don’t know it will look, a lot of 1A schools may not able to have teams, because of courts,” Williston beach volleyball coach Darby Battle said, according to The Gainesville Sun. “As a club team you have to pay membership fees, provide your own transportation to games, at least being sanctioned we would get our own busses to games and we can hold kids to academic standards like a 2.0 GPA as well. I’m vey happy with the SSAC, but it would be wonderful if it was fully sanctioned.“ 

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