CHSAA football committee looks to add class, adjust playoffs

CHSAA Changes
Posted at 11:05 PM, Jan 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-16 01:05:20-05

CHSAA's football committee met Thursday and recommended the state add an additional class as well as make changes to the postseason format.

While it wouldn't go into effect until 2022, it appears a 6A classification is on the horizon. With 287 schools set to compete, the eighth class would place approximately 36 programs at each level. The goal would be to create a more competitive playing field moving forward.

In addition, it appears a 10-week season will be implemented with teams playing between nine and 10 games. Each class would also have the same criterion for playoff qualifications.

Currently, 5A and 4A have 24 qualifiers, while 6-man through 3A have 16 teams make the postseason. In the past, there had been three weekends of state championship games.

The football committee also passed a motion to have semifinal games hosted by the higher seed in the semifinals, and championship games at neutral sites in all classes.

6-man through Class 3A will play their title games at CSU-Pueblo's Thunderbowl. The first four will take place on Nov. 27th with the 3A title game to take place the following weekend.

The Class 4A & 5A state championships are set to take place at Empower Field at Mile High on Dec. 4th.

With 48 schools set to play football this spring in Season C, the decision was made to change the usual 10-day summer contact camps to an extra week of practice in the fall.

Football teams would begin practice on Aug. 2 rather than Aug. 9, and ramp up their contact from there.

All decisions will have to be approved by CHSAA's legislative committee this upcoming Spring.