New district assignments for the 2014 and 2015 football seasons were released recently.
In addition, the Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) Board of Control voted unanimously to stay with a nine-game regular season format at its recent monthly meeting.
Decorah will remain in Class 3A next season and will be in District 3, along with six other teams. Decorah will do district battle with Charles City, Crestwood, Independence, Vinton-Shellsburg, Waverly-Shell Rock and West Delaware.
The previous two seasons, Decorah has faced Independence, West Delaware, Vinton-Shellsburg, Crestwood, Oelwein and Epworth (Western Dubuque) in the district, with Waverly-Shell Rock, Marion and Charles City as non-district games.
In 2014-2015, Decorah will play three non-district games, with six district contests.
In 2013, Decorah finished 11-1, advancing to the Class 3A quarterfinals.
New for South Winn
South Winn is in Class 1A for the 2014-15 seasons, just as they were the previous two years. They will be in District 4, along with six other teams. They are Clayton Ridge, Dike-New Hartford, Hudson, Jesup, MFL and Sumner-Fredericksburg.
The previous two years, South Winn has faced Sumner-Fred, Denver, North Fayette Valley, MFL, Saint Ansgar and Jesup in the district. Non-district contests were with Nashua-Plainfield, Turkey Valley and Waukon.
South Winn will again have three non-district games and six district battles for the next two seasons.
South Winn finished 9-3 in 2013, falling in the Class 1A quarterfinals.
Change for TV
Turkey Valley will move to eight-man football this fall due to declining enrollment. They previously were in Class A.
The Trojans are in District 4, along with Cedar Valley Christian, Central City, Central, Kee High, Midland, Springville and West Central. All seven district opponents will be new to the Trojans' schedule. The Trojans will have seven district games, with two non-district contests.
Turkey Valley advanced to the Class A second round in 2013, finishing with a 7-4 record.
Although coaches know who is in their district, schedules for the next two years won't be released until later this winter.
In its monthly meeting, Wednesday, Jan. 22, the Board of Control acted on football recommendations coming from the Iowa Football Coaches Association and the IHSAA Football Playoff Committee. The recommendations had been tabled by the Board of Control from the December meeting.
At the center of discussions and action was a proposed eight-game regular season, which would allow the playoffs to fold into a weekly format. Since December, Board members had contacted constituent groups and in a unanimous vote agreed to stay with the nine-game regular season format.
Other football items that were approved included: (1) discontinuing "sister districts" for the regular season and postseason classes in eight-player through 3A and to have a 125-mile limitation for first round games; and (2) no preset pairings will be made for the playoffs, and pairings will be determined after each round of the playoffs. Reasonable attempts will be made to find non-district playoff opponents for the first and second round games, but district match-ups could reoccur if an opponent cannot be found within a reasonable distance.
The Board of Control also approved allowing one practice session of no more than four hours during the heat acclimatization period, with no more than three hours of physical activity allowed. The Board also granted an allowance of up to four teams to be at a scrimmage site, with each team only being allowed to scrimmage one other team. All current scrimmage rules would remain in effect.
A change in the forfeiture of season policy was also approved to read "The continuation of the season for a team forfeiting a regular season game shall be determined by the IHSASA administrative staff and the school administration."