In Florida, the first state to sanction flag football as a championship varsity sport, more than 250 schools fielded teams this fall.
“We knew the need for more girls’ sports in Georgia was there, and that was enough for us to get started,” Falcons president and CEO Rich McKay said. “The goal was always to get this program to become an officially sanctioned sport and give girls more opportunities to play sports in high schools and we are thrilled that the GHSA shared the same vision. It’s an exciting time for high school sports in Georgia.”
Hines also confirmed a second new GHSA sport, bass fishing. The GHSA will do a trial run with an invitational tournament in March. The first official bass-fishing championship would be held in the spring of 2021.
The GHSA annually sends a membership survey to its 450-plus member schools to gauge their interest in new sports, but doesn’t always add one. Bass fishing and flag football have rated at the top recently.
“We’re always looking for opportunities for our females to participate, and (flag football) is something that’s shown the greatest interest among our membership,’’ Hines said. “We have great female participate in high school sports, but it’s even greater for males. We want to balance that.’’