Prep football: MSHSL passes district scheduling
BROOKLYN CENTER — Prep football will now use districts to aid schools in scheduling.
The Minnesota State High School League Board of Directors approved a plan Thursday that will divide member schools into districts of 16 or more, based on geographic proximity and like enrollments.
Member schools within each district will then establish their own protocol for scheduling eight regular-season games.
The district plan does not mean that schools will have to abandon their present conference.
In another football matter relating only to the 2015 season, the board voted to modify the schedule allowing teams to play their first game after only two weeks of conditioning and practice, instead of three.
Practice can begin Aug. 10 allowing the first game to be played on Aug. 22. The alteration was necessary because of the limited availability of TCF Stadium. The revised guideline allows for an eight-game schedule and eight-teams to qualify in each section for post-season.
In another action, the board approved a proposal from the sport’s advisory committee expanding the girls’ fast-pitch softball tournament from three to four classes.