Orlando area private schools form The Citrus League amid coronavirus pandemic

New league will focus on educational based athletics

ORLANDO, Fla. – Six private schools in the Orlando-area announced they have joined together to create an educational-based athletics league in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Citrus League is a competitive grouping for student-athletes, according to a news release.

“During the regular season schools will only be competing within The Citrus League for Bowling, Cross Country, Golf, Swimming and Diving, and Girls Volleyball,” officials said.

According to the league, the role of football within The Citrus League is still to be determined.

Schools included in the Citrus League are:

  • Bishop Moore Catholic
  • Lake Highland Preparatory School
  • Montverde Academy
  • The First Academy
  • Trinity Preparatory School
  • Windermere Preparatory School

“What started as a temporary concept to provide the safest and best competitive opportunities for our student-athletes during COVID-19 has transformed into The Citrus League. We are excited about the potential long-lasting partnership that The Citrus League will provide for our Student-Athletes,” The Citrus League Athletic Directors told News 6.

Photo: The Citrus League
Photo: The Citrus League

The announcement comes days after the Florida High School Athletic Association board of directors voted to allow schools to begin practices for fall sports in late August.

In an 11-5 vote, the FHSAA decided to keep Aug. 24 as the earliest date teams can start practicing.

All schools in the league have committed to the following health and safety values:

  1. Require all students to wear a mask during the school day
  2. Standardized daily screening procedures which include temperature checks and a COVID-19 questionnaire
  3. Facilitate competition only within The Citrus League to limit travel
  4. Member schools will be paired with a different league opponent on a weekly rotation
  5. Commit to upholding uniform event management protocols
  6. Take recommendations and guidance from The Citrus league Medical Advisory Committee

On Friday, another group of private schools in the area, including Orlando Christian Prep and The Geneva School, announced online the forming of their own “pod” for athletics.

Officials with The Citrus League are planning to release competition dates for fall sports next week.

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