The South Florida Flag Football league has already canceled its Sunshine Cup, held annually in February due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

“With a full local board vote along with contributing committee members, a unanimous 13-0 decision was made to cancel FSC XI in February 2021,” Gary Schrader Jr., the tournament’s director, wrote in a post on Facebook.

The league had already canceled its fall season.

“The undertaking of creating a very comprehensive safety plan in this current climate was very challenging, and I am very proud of the work that was put into it,” Schrader wrote. “This is not goodbye, but rather a pause, until we can safely meet again.”

League Commissioner Dominic Grasso said he and the other members of the league were disappointed but felt it was the right thing to do under the circumstances.

“We believed there were too many variables relating to COVID-19, making it too risky to bring teams from across the nation together to compete in a high contact sport and socialize,” he said. “We look forward to getting back into the field as soon as it is safe to do so.”

Meanwhile organizers of South Florida’s LGBT softball tournament, the Hurricane Showdown, are moving forward with their tournament Nov. 27-29 at Mills Pond Park in Fort Lauderdale. The annual sporting event is expected to draw 750 players from across the country.  

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