IHSAA pitches football playoff changes

Under a new proposal to the Iowa High School Athletic Association, more teams would qualify for the post-season. Under the recommendation, a team like West Fork could have made the playoffs in 2019. (File photo)

BOONE – Discussions over the number of qualifying playoff teams in the Iowa High School Athletic Association’s football playoffs have been going on for more than a decade, and another new proposal was brought before the Board of Control at the Thursday, Dec. 19 regular meeting.

Two recommendations for 32 qualifiers per classification were made at the football advisory committee meeting on Dec. 11. Both were proposed by the Iowa Football Coaches Association and approved by the advisory committee, and both would affect the postseasons for classes 3A, 2A, 1A, A and Eight-Player.

The first recommendation for Fall 2020 involved a nine-game regular season and five rounds of playoffs with six days between rounds. The Board of Control denied that proposal on Thursday, prompting the committee’s second recommendation which offered an eight-game regular season and five rounds of playoffs with postseason games remaining on Fridays until reaching the semifinals.

The full story appears in the Dec. 26 print editions of the Sheffield Press and Pioneer Enterprise.