The Florida High School Hockey Association (FHSHA) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to teaching and promoting ice hockey to high school aged youth. The FHSHA operates the Lightning Conference which includes teams from the greater Tampa Bay area and is one of two high school ice hockey leagues in the state of Florida affiliated with SAHOF and USA Hockey.
The Florida Scholastic Hockey League runs the other High School league in the State as is known as the Panthers Conference with teams from South Florida. Teams from both leagues compete in the state playoffs.
There are 18 Tampa Bay area high school ice hockey teams that compete in the Lightning Conference. Teams are either "pure" (all players attending the same school) or "combined" (players from more than one high school). The Lightning Conference is divided into two divisions: Central Division—generally schools east and south of I-275 and Western Division—generally schools west and north of I-275.