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MSHSL Passes New Football Scheduling Policy

Created: 01/23/2014 2:38 PM WDIO.com

Significant changes are coming to high school football in Minnesota starting in 2015.

The Minnesota State High School League has passed a new game scheduling policy that will change how schools are grouped together in conferences and the range of teams they will be able to schedule in a season.

At Thursday's MSHSL board of directors meeting, about 10 coaches stood up to speak passionately about changing the high school game scheduling policy from conference play to district.

One high school football coach from Motley said he can't defend his team's current schedule. His team travels from Motley-Staples up to Warroad. He says they pass through 31 communities he'd gladly pull over and play, but can't because they are not a part of his conference, so he can't.

Coaches were overwhelmingly in favor of what they called "evening the playing field."

The new district format would be about playing teams that are similar to their own, creating a bracket within a geographical region and playing against schools with like-programs and comparable enrollment.

Districts would be made up of 12-18 schools and it would be up to those schools within the district to decide the eight-game football schedule.

Other school sports like swimming, volleyball and basketball will not be impacted and will still play within their conference.

The state tournament would also not be impacted by this change. With the demolition of the Metordome underway, the Prep Bowl will be held at TCF Bank Stadium the next two seasons.

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