Classifications are out as sent by the FHSAA.
Here are the new area classifications.
- District 1: Atlantic Coast, Bartram Trail, Creekside, First Coast, Mandarin, Nease, Oakleaf, Sandalwood.
- District 2: Buchholz, DeLand, Flagler Palm Coast, Forest, Lake Mary*, Seminole, University (Orange City), West Port.
- District 1: Arnold, Choctaw, Ft Walton Beach, Gulf Breeze, Milton, Mosley, Niceville, Pace, Tate.
- District 2: Chiles, Columbia, Fleming Island, Leon, Lincoln, Middleburg, Orange Park, Ridgeview.
- District 3: Ed White, Englewood, Fletcher, Lee, Ponte Vedra, Stanton, Terry Parker, Westside.
- District 4: Belleview, Gainesville, Mainland, Matanzas, Pedro Menendez, New Smyrna Beach, St Augustine.
- District 1: Bay, Bozeman, Rocky Bayou, Rutherford, South Walton, Wewahitchka.
- District 2: Florida High, Godby, Graceville, Liberty County*, Marianna, Suwannee, Wakulla.
- District 3: Bishop Kenny, Episcopal, Fernandina Beach, Paxon, Raines, University Christian, West Nassau, Yulee.
- District 4: Baker County, Bishop Snyder, Bolles, Clay, FSDB, Keystone Heights, Union County, Wolfson.
Independents: Baldwin, Interlachen, Jackson, Wakulla Christian.
* — new Matmen-area team in 2021-22
At this point, I am not sure if all of these programs, particularly those that formerly competed and are listed as returning by the FHSAA, will in fact be fielding teams. The FHSAA is not always up-to-date with that information. I do not have coach names for those programs. I also was expecting to see another school (Tocoi Creek) but they’re not listed anywhere, either within a district or as an independent. Palatka, too, was also left off the FHSAA’s list, which is an even more curious omission, given that the program is thriving.
At this point, I am not sure about the teams that have moved into Region 2 out of Volusia County. I will be reaching out to the known head coaches of those programs and may cover those programs singly, without the entire district coming along as I have done in years past.
You can see the new classifications HERE.
In light of today’s “other” public bombshell announcement, my coverage plans for 2021-22 might move in a couple of other directions as well. I will be evaluating that potential opportunity over the summer, while managing my projects for both north Florida and south Georgia, which are ongoing.