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IHSAA announces 2020 football season modifications

COVID-19 affects 2020 high school football schedule

BOONE– The Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) announced revisions to the 2020 High School Football season on Friday, July 24.
The announcement stated football remains the only Iowa high school sport with regular season schedules and postseason qualifying managed the by IHSAA. It went on to indicate the revisions took into consideration returning to school concerns, geography, postseason qualifying, transportation and possible COVID-19 cases.
First practice is still slated to commence on Monday, Aug. 10, and first competition is set for Friday, Aug. 28, unchanged in the revision. Additionally, the weeks of the state semifinals, Nov. 12-15, and finals, Nov. 20-21, remain unchanged.
The “2020 Scheduling Plan” allows for a seven-week regular season with teams allowed the option of scheduling five, six or seven games in those weeks.
All teams, in all classes, qualify for the postseason with brackets consisting of six rounds for each classification. The IHSAA, placing emphasis on the fact this is intended as a one-time measure for post season formatting, will determine postseason pairings with geography, quality and team availability as primary considerations.
The first two weeks will be optional game dates with opponents, locations and participation determined by 11-player football member schools.
With the postseason including all teams, the Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) will not be utilized.
Classes 3A, 2A, 1A and A play scheduled district games in the previously established order. IHSAA’s example indicates prior Week 5 becomes Week 3, Week 6 becomes Week 4, and so on under the revised plan.
Taking into account the possibility of COVID-19 ramifications, there is the chance positive cases may force players and teams to miss games during the 2020 regular season. Therefore, the plan does not penalize teams with a loss or forfeit due to state, county or local health department determinations. A missed game due to COVID-19 will be considered a “no contest” and not be made up. Teams may work with the IHSAA and possible new opponents should open dates develop due to opponents missing games.
Providing for start dates on the revised 2020 Football schedule, the IHSAA requests member schools state their intent to participate in the revised regular and postseason by Monday, Aug. 17.
The revised IHSAA 2020 football schedule reflects:
Regular Season: Aug. 10 is the date of first practices, Week 1- optional games Friday, Aug. 28; Week 2- optional games Friday, Sept. 4; Week 3- district game Friday, Sept. 11; Week 4- district game Friday, Sept. 18; Week 5- district game Friday, Sept. 25; Week 6- district game Friday, Oct. 2 ; and Week 7- district game Friday, Oct. 9.
Play offs: Friday, Oct. 16- first round; Friday, Oct. 23- second round; Friday, Oct. 30- third round; and Friday, Nov. 6- quarterfinals.
The semifinals take place Thursday, Nov. 12, to Saturday, Nov. 14.
The finals are now slated for Thursday, Nov. 19, and Friday, Nov. 20.
The Solon Spartans moved to Class 2A, District 6 this season.