Updated: 08/11/2014 3:43 PM
Created: 08/10/2014 1:25 PM KSTP.com
By: Kate Renner
As many high school athletes prepare for their first day of fall practice Monday, some big changes are around the corner for Minnesota football.
This is the final year many schools will have to travel out of state for games. After this season, conferences will get shaken up and replaced with districts.
The move will have an impact on traditional rivalries and fierce competition on the field.
It's hard being a giant, because no other teams want to play against you. In order to fill their schedule, teams like Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, Wayzata, Edina, and Hopkins had to look outside our state's borders for an opponent.
The Minnesota State High School League decided to draw up a new design for football, which will go into effect starting next fall.
The recommendation approved by the Board of Directors included:
In addition to cutting out-of-state travel, the new placements should decrease the number of teams who have to play during zero week, or the week before the season starts.
Even though some schools aren't pleased with their new placement, Hill-Murray coach Tony Danna thinks the changes look at the whole playing field.