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News and notes from FHSAA’s July 22nd Weekly Update

Reminder on Digital ID Cards for coaches; approval to wear jewelry in baseball and softball; 2023 track & field update
FHSAA

GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA – In it’s July 22nd Weekly Update the Florida High Schools Athletic Association (FHSAA) provided a few important updates on various topics in advance of the 2022-23 school year. Here are a few of the highlights:

COACHES ID CARDS

The FHSAA reminds member schools that they will no longer receive physical coaches cards. Athletic Directors are now responsible for assigning digital cards to their coaches and administrators via Home Campus.

To assign each digital card AD’s are asked to use the following instructions: School Setup--> Users--> Click on the “Edit” icon for each account--> Check the “Coaches Pass” permission box--> Click save

Any questions can be directed to Danielle Bogle at dhogle@fhsaa.org.

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JEWELRY PERMITTED FOR HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL IN 2023

The FHSAA shared the recent decision by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) to allow the wearing of jewelry in both baseball and softball, starting with the 2023 season.

Previously, only medical and religious medals were permitted, but the NFHS Baseball and Softball Rules Committee both vote to remove their previous prohibitions on jewelry, finding that both sports have proven, on the college and professional levels, that most jewelry can be worn without impeding a player’s ability to play or increasing risk of injury to an athlete or his/her opponents.

If specific jewelry is word that poses harm or injury to a player or an opponent, it can still be required to be removed.


TRACK & FIELD UPDATE: 400M HURDLES

Starting with the 2023 track & field season, the 400m Hurdles will be officially contested in the FHSAA State Series.. Boys will clear hurdles that are 36 inches (91.4cm) high, while girls will go over 30 inch (76.2cm) barriers. All schools hosting State Series meets must have their tracks marked for the 400m Hurdles to contest the event.