FHSAA votes to add girls wrestling, sand volleyball, and adopts six quarter rule for football
The FHSAA made a huge decision this past Tuesday that they are hoping will expand horizons for high school athletes all throughout Florida.
The board decided that high school football players will now be allowed to play in six quarters each week compared to the previous four. They also decided to add sand volleyball into the mix.
along with that, women's wrestling has been added.
Exciting news for Arnold high school where pseudo state champion women's wrestler, henlee haynes attends.
The marlins also just hired a new wrestling coach, Michael Allison, out of alabama.
Arnold athletic director Rick Green says he is excited for the change, and he thinks some of it is long overdue.
“It helps a school our size. You're still limited to athletes in certain positions and your skills positions especially...I think you are going to see more girls, more women involved in wrestling, and now you're seeing colleges giving scholarships to girls who wrestle. I just think it's the coolest thing. We know we don't have enough wrestlers during the regular season for all the girls to wrestle girls, but when it gets to the state series, then it becomes a girls state series and a boys state series,” said Green.
Coach Reed said that at Arnold, they will introduce the girls wrestling during the 2021-2022 school year, and the football quarters will start during the 2020 football season. In Bay County, sand volleyball is still up in the air because details of funding will need to be discussed, but we will keep you updated.