Responding to concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic, the Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) released plans on July 24 for the 2020 high school football season.
The plan calls for a seven-game regular season, with all teams qualifying for post-season play.
Start dates remain the same with the first day of practice, Aug. 10, and the first competition date, Aug. 27.
During the seven-week regular season, teams have the option to play five, six or seven games within those seven weeks. Weeks one and two will be considered optional game dates.
In the revised play, teams in Classes 3A, 2A, 1A and A will play their scheduled district games in the previously established order.
Class 4A will schedule its own regular-season games, while in Eight-Player football, games in weeks three through nine of the previous schedule will now be played in weeks one through seven.
Teams missing games due to the potential of COVID-19 cases during the 2020 season will not be penalized with a loss or forfeit due to state, county or local health department determinations. A game missed due to COVID-19 will be considered no contest and will not be made up.
The IHSAA has determined all teams in all classes will qualify for the post-season. Six rounds of games will be set for each class, with the IHSAA determining post-season pairings with geography, quality and team availability as the primary considerations.
Since all teams qualify for post-season play, the RPI formula will not be used this year.
The state semifinals (Nov. 13-15) and finals (Nov. 20-21) in the UNI-Dome remain unchanged with this revised plan.