GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida High School Athletic Association on Tuesday afternoon announced the tentative districts for Girls Flag Football for the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school years.
And there are some big changes that were noted in the reclassification. Here are a few quick takeaways:
• One of the first big changes noted is that there will be a Panhandle/Big Bend district in Class 2A for the first time. With the growth of the sport in the Panhandle, it opened up the door for this district which will consist of teams from Pensacola to Tallahassee.
• West Port and Forest get bumped out of the Class 1A Marion-Citrus County assignment and moved into Class 2A with teams from the Orlando metro-area as well as the Daytona Beach-area.
• The annual district rivalry of Plant and Alonso is gone with Plant being moved the District 6 in Class 2A while Alonso stays in District 7. District 7 combines the northern half of Pinellas County with some of the western Hillsborough County schools.
• District 8 in Class 2A adds in the southern half of Pinellas County with schools from Manatee County and the southern half of Hillsborough County. The only question is that it shows Venice is committed to District 8, but they did not field a team this past season.
• Seven of the eight Osceola County high schools will now form their own district in Class 2A with District 9. The only Osceola County school to not be in Class 2A will be Gateway which moves down to Class 1A, District 6.
• The Treasure Coast region District moves from the North to the South in Class 2A with several Palm Beach County schools now added in.
• There are not as many changes regarding other districts from Palm Beach County all the way down to Miami-Dade County in Class 2A.
• The Big Bend district with Class 1A, District 2 goes from being forces to subdistrict to potentially not having to subdistrict with the three of Tallahassee’s biggest schools now moving into Class 2A.
• Jacksonville-area ends up with two nine-team districts in Class 1A which could provide a host of interesting scheduling techniques depending on if the districts end up deciding to subdistrict.
• Keystone Heights and Palatka get moved out of the Marion-Citrus County district and are sent over to the new Class 1A-District 5 with all of the Volusia County schools plus Matanzas.
• What gets really interesting is that Districts 6, 7 and 8 in Class 1A now follow along I-95 going from the Orlando-area, Highlands County and down to the Treasure Coast area with the large 10-team District 6 with Palm Beach and the northern half of Broward County taking up Districts 7 and 8.
• With that, all the Marion, Citrus, Hillsborough and Pinellas County schools that were in Class 1A North the last several years have been spread out over Districts 9 through 12 in Class 1A South.
• Class 1A, Districts 13 through 16 stays pretty consistent with most teams from the southern half of Broward County through Miami-Dade County making up the districts.
Flagler Palm Coast
New Smyrna Beach
Cypress Creek (Orlando)
Tampa Bay Tech
Palm Harbor University
Fort Pierce Central
Palm Beach Gardens
Palm Beach Lakes
John I. Leonard
Palm Beach Central
Royal Palm Beach
Atlantic (Delray Beach)
West Boca Raton
Miami Coral Park
Fort Walton Beach
Robert E. Lee
Florida Deaf & Blind
Atlantic (Port Orange)
Fort Pierce Westwood
Port St. Lucie
Northeast (Oakland Park)
Northeast (St. Petersburg)
Somerset Academy (Pembroke Pines)
Pembroke Pines Charter
Somerset Central Miramar
Avant Garde (Hollywood)
North Miami Beach
Miami Carol City
Booker T. Washington
Somerset Silver Palms
Somerset South Homestead
Palm Glades Prep