New Districts to Impact Minnesota High School Football Rivalries

Updated: 08/11/2014 3:43 PM
Created: 08/10/2014 1:25 PM
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:

  • Placement of all schools in a scheduling district
  • Final decision on appeals from schools who requested to be placed in 9-Man
  • Bylaws to guide the work of each district
  • Allowing limited inter-district play upon approval of the Board of Directors
  • A plan for the initial meetings for each district that will be lead by members of the District Football Placement Committee

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.

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