AURORA | The Colorado High School Activities Association’s Football Committee met virtually Thursday and approved the proposal of several changes to the sport.
According to CHSAANow.com, the committee voted to increase the number of classifications in the state for football to eight by bringing Class 6A to life in the fall of 2022, roughly two decades after its four-year run that began in 1990 and concluded with a state championship for Overland in 1993.
The new 6A classification — which has been the subject of considerable debate for the committee for the past decade — would be made up of an estimated 36 teams. It would also shrink the size of the existing classifications (5A, 4A, 3A, 2A, 1A, 8-man and 6-man) and could allow the ability to “reinvent football and allow for that competitive equity we keep talking about,” according to committee member Luke DeWolfe, the athletic director of Steamboat Springs High School.
The change will need to be approved by CHSAA’s Legislative Council at its meeting in the spring in order to take effect.
Also up for approval from the Legislative Council will be changes to the postseason that includes 24 qualifiers for the playoffs in every classification, home games for higher seeds in the semifinals and neutral site championship games that come on the same weekend.
For the upcoming 2021 season, at least the state championship games for the four smallest classifications could be played at the same site, like happened in the fall at Colorado State-Pueblo, which will also be the site of spring’s championship games.
In lieu of 10-day summer contact camps, practice for the fall season may be moved up from Aug. 9 to Aug. 2 if approved to reduce the impact on players who compete in the spring due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Regis Jesuit coach Danny Filleman is a member of the football committee as one of two representatives of 5A, while Vista PEAK’s John Sullivan is a 4A representative.
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