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Joshua Wilson

Florida House passes HB 7137 involving HS athletics

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Well the house has pushed forward in passing HB 7137 and it now waits on the Senate to make a decision to either vote on the bill as is, refer it to committee or try to work out any differences. 

 

I am also in the process of getting quotes from Dr. Dearing at the FHSAA (which has been against the bill) and from Stu Weiss at the Sunshine State Athletic Conference (which has been for the bill), so updates will come.

 

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Several things but here are a few, It changes some eligibility requirements, it allows a process for student transfers if a sport is not offered at there school hey can go play somewhere else. It gives the FHSAA a real boss with some real over site. It allows for a more through appeals process, it also has some language in there for ticket prices allowing for daily passes instead of having to buy tickets for each event held on the same day like the basketball tournament held in lakeland  or the baseball state tournament, If it passes you can buy a daily pass to cover all the games mot just one.

 

Most of the sports writers are against this bill but what i have failed to see is any intelligent unbiased articles detailing the differences between what we have now and what is coming if this bill passes, all i can find is a few tweets here and there that are blaming the government telling us that they need to butt out of high school sports.

 

To be honest there used to be a thing called investigating reporting but it seams all we have now is inflammatory tweets and a few opinion columns that are not backed up with any facts or comparisons of all the changes and how they WILL affect high school sports.

 

So here is the challenge to Josh and any other sports writer that wants take this on. Give us an unbiased article laced with cold hard facts not opinions.

 

Have a nice day  

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what exactly does this bill do?

Best thing I've seen from a coaching stand point is to allow us to use Cumulative GPA OR previous semester GPA for eligibility.  Right now it's cumulative only.

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