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The Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) is a member of the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), which is based in Indianapolismarker, Indianamarker. The National Federation, which comprises Associations from all 50 states as well as the District of Columbiamarker and several Canadian provinces, is an organization whose purpose is to develop standards for competition, regular interstate competition and write high school contest rules in the majority of sports.

Florida uses National Federation contest rules in its sports.


The Florida High School Athletic Association was founded on April 9, 1920 by a group of 29 high school principals which met at Peabody Hall on the University of Floridamarker campus in Gainesvillemarker. Although several preliminary discussions had been held concerning the formation of such an Association, it was not until this meeting that the association was formally organized.The organization was founded as the Florida High School Athletic Association in 1920. The name was changed to Florida High School Activities Association in the 1951. The name was changed back to Florida High School Athletic Association in 2002.

The 29 schools who became charter members were: Summerlin (Bartow), Clearwater, Mainland (Daytona Beach), Seabreeze (Daytona Beach), DeLand, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Gainesville, Duval (Jacksonville), Osceola (Kissimmee), Columbia (Lake City), Lakeland, Leesburg, Suwannee (Live Oak), Miami, Ocala, Orlando, Putnam (Palatka), Pensacola, Plant City, Quincy, Seminole (Sanford), Ketterlinus (St. Augustine), St. Petersburg, Leon (Tallahassee), Hillsborough (Tampa), Wauchula, West Palm Beach and Winter Haven.

The first Constitution limited membership to public schools. However, in 1930, it was amended to open membership to private and parochial schools as well.

In 1951, the member schools voted to change the word "athletic" to "activities" in the organization name so that non-athletic activities such as music and student council programs would also receive proper supervision at the state level.

The Association was incorporated in 1962.

The FHSAA, in 1996, adopted regulations permitting students enrolled in home education programs to participate in interscholastic activities.

In May 1997, the Florida Legislature recognized in statute the FHSAA as the governing body for interscholastic athletics in Florida, provided the Association comply with the provisions of a legislatively mandated revamping of its governmental structure.

The name was changed back to Florida High School Athletic Association in 2002. As of August 2007, the FHSAA has a membership of 748 schools.[143076]

Sports programs

The FHSAA oversees the following sports:

Sanctioned Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball (Boys)
  • Basketball (Girls)
  • Cross Country
  • Football (Boys)
  • Golf
  • Soccer (Boys)
  • Soccer (Fall)
  • Soccer (Girls)
  • Softball
  • Swimming & Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball (Girls)
  • Water Polo (Boys)
  • Water Polo (Girls)
  • Weightlifting (Boys)
  • Wrestling

Recognized Sports

  • Bowling
  • Competitive Cheer
  • Flag Football (Girls)
  • Lacrosse
  • Volleyball (Boys)
  • Weightlifting (Girls)

Emerging Sports

  • (None)

School classification

As in most areas, high schools compete in sports in two types of division. One, because of logistical and geographical constraints, is necessarily local. That is, large schools play small ones in the same area. A second division is based on school population and is statewide. Eventually, schools with the best records in this type of division will meet each other for seasonal playoffs to determine the state champion.

There are sixteen geographical districts to reduce travel time and expense for conference play. There are Classes based on population from 1 to 6, with the largest schools in 6.

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