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Hernando County to start practices for fall sports on Sept. 7

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Hernando County administrators announced Tuesday that practices for fall sports will start on Sept. 7.

Bowling, cross country, golf, swimming and diving and volleyball can all schedule regular season games or meets starting Sept. 21. The regular season for football will kickoff on Sept. 25.

Teams will only be allowed to schedule games against other programs in the Gulf Coast Eight Conference, which is comprised of Hernando and Citrus County public schools.

Hernando is at least planning to stay in the state series for fall sports.

The games will have restrictions, too.

Seating capacity is being reduced to 25 percent in Hernando, and tickets will be available through an online vendor. Media access will likely be limited to the end zone.

Hernando was the last of the area’s four counties to set practice and regular season dates for fall sports. Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas all started practicing on Monday with regular season games set to begin on Sept. 7 for all sports except football, which kicks off Sept. 11.

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No more fans at Pasco County sporting events after COVID spike

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Pasco County has decided to limit all athletic activities to students and coaches due to the recent spike in coronavirus cases. 

That means no fans or media members in attendance. 

The new rule starts on Monday and will last until the positivity rate, which has climbed to nine percent, drops to below five percent for a rolling seven-day period. 

In the past two weeks, two county football teams — Wiregrass Ranch and Fivay — had to forfeit playoff games because of a player testing positive for coronavirus and multiple team members and coaches having to quarantine due to contact tracing. 

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Bowling key dates

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No more waiting. The Florida High School Athletic Association released its postseason dates and format for each fall sport this week. And county administrators in Hernando, Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas have finalized starting dates for practices and regular seasons contests.

For all fall sports, the opt in date for programs to participate in the state series is Sept. 18. Those that do not can play beyond the postseason dates are established upon FHSAA approval. The minimal requirements for individuals and teams in fall sports also are waived.

First practice (per county)

Hernando: Sept. 14 (tentatively)

Hillsborough: Aug. 24

Pasco: Aug. 24

Pinellas: Aug. 24

First regular season meet (per county)

Hernando: TBA

Hillsborough: Sept. 7

Pasco: Sept. 8

Pinellas: Sept. 8

Last regular season date (all counties)

Oct. 24

Post season dates

District meets: Oct. 26-29

State finals: Nov. 4-5

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