Good afternoon, Coach. We’ve got three important stories for you.
1. Florida high school football coaches preparing for season starting in January (Jacksonville.com)
We know how big high school football is for Florida communities and high school prospects, so the fact that the state association is even considering postponing the season until January is a bit of a surprise.
We know many of the top prospects in Florida report to their respective colleges for the spring semester, so who knows what this proposal would mean for state-championship hopes.
Most different of all is the so-called “Option 3,” introduced in a preliminary draft from the FHSAA earlier this week, which could push all sports back to a date no earlier than December — all while greatly shortening regular seasons, moving some sports to a different time of the year and stretching spring athletics well into June.
In some ways, the measure would rank among the most extreme in the FHSAA’s 100-year history, less than a year after COVID-19 brought the spring season to an abrupt and unprecedented halt.
The COVID-19 numbers aren’t on South Florida’s side.
The FHSAA sports medicine advisory committee has advised against beginning sports until showing a 28-day rolling average positivity below 5 percent. That’s a goal still far away for counties like Miami-Dade, which only just dropped below 14 percent and added 96 deaths to the Florida Department of Health’s statewide report Friday.
The FHSAA has crowned a football champion in every year since the inaugural tournament in 1963. Volleyball has held a state tournament every year since 1974, bowling since 2003, cross country since 1947 and both golf and swimming since the end of World War II.
Under that plan, regular seasons would end Nov. 28, but schools could continue to play regional or local games during a window from Nov. 30 to Dec. 12.
The third, or Option 3, is the most drastic.
That option would delay sports three months and compress the schedule for all sports into one of three five-week mini-seasons: Season 1 with regular season games from Dec. 14 to Jan. 23, Season 2 from March 1 to April 3 and Season 3 — extending into the summer months — from May 10 to June 12.
What is your preference for a start date for high school football during the 2020-21 school year?
2. Catapult to provide top 130 US College Football Teams with video exchange services (The Motley Fool)
It’s sounds like Catapult is looking to compete with HUDL? That’s what this press release leads us to believe.
Catapult announced that it has been awarded a contract with the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) teams to provide video exchange services to all 130 Division 1 American football teams.
Catapult was able to build upon its existing platform to handle new requirements and workflows to support the needs of the NCAA FBS customers. The contract was awarded following a two-week live assessment during which the exchange solution was made available to over 70 teams to upload and download video and data. The win signifies an accelerated step towards offering a broader platform of cloud services to Catapult’s customers.
The partnership will open up several new benefits including improved workflow efficiency for XOS by Catapult customers, and add-on packages for video editing and event data.
Catapult’s CEO, Will Lopes, views this partnership as an exciting step towards building a platform of solutions not just for teams, but also leagues and governing bodies.
“Catapult has the sports world’s strongest credentials when it comes to housing, organizing, and distributing video content,” Lopes said.
Would you consider switching from HUDL to Catapult? If not, why?
3. The loss of high school football could leave schools scrambling to make up lost revenue (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
As the start of the high school sports season appears increasingly likely to be delayed, high school activity directors are having to take a hard look at what that means for the bottom line.
For most schools, when you say “budget,” the next word is inevitably “football.” Many schools rely on their football programs — through ticket sales and booster associations — to finance the rest of the athletic department.
“[Football is] the reason we’re able to operate at a level that would allow us to buy things that all of our teams need or want,” said Chris Brown, the athletic director at J.R. Tucker High School. “To not have it would really put a cramp in the things we’re able to provide centrally as an athletic department. There’s no question about that.”
How will you offset your fundraising losses this season?
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