Legislation against the Florida High School Athletic Association moves forward

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by Jeff Fisher

The Florida House has voted Florida State Legislaturein-favor of a bill that would overhaul the Florida High School Athletic Association.  House Bill 7137, which would set-up a 16-member board to oversee the FHSAA, passed by a vote of 86-29 and now goes on to the Florida State Senate.

Another part of the legislation would require a third-party review for students suspected of being ineligible and allow students to continue to play while their eligibility is reviewed.  The bill also allows for schools to join different associations for different sports.

In 2008, the Sunshine State Athletic Conference was formed as an alternative for Florida independent football programs. The SSAC  currently has 29 Christian, preparatory and charter schools located throughout Florida.

Last year, Windermere Prep beat Orlando Christian Prep 48-19 for the SSAC championship.


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Jeff Fisher
Jeff is an award-winning journalist and expert in the field of high school sports, underscored with his appearance on CNBC in 2010 to talk about the big business of high school football in America. Jeff turned to his passion for high school football into an entrepreneurial venture called High School Football America, a digital media company focused on producing original high school sports content for radio, television and the internet. Jeff is co-founder and editor-in-chief of High School Football America, which is a media partner with USA TODAY High School Sports.