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Continued: Prep Bowl set for outdoors in 2014

  • Article by: DAVID LA VAQUE , Star Tribune
  • Last update: October 3, 2013 - 11:56 PM

Merkle said under statewide football scheduling groups, schools would be put in groups of at least 14 or 16, based primarily on geography, but with some consideration for enrollment. Schools within those groups could schedule games based on competitive balance or long-standing rivalries.

Scheduling groups offer more flexibility than section scheduling, a proposal the board voted down in 2011.

That year the league created Zero Week, a three-year experiment to allow teams to play one week before the majority of teams in the state.

The scheduling groups started taking shape in December. At recent meetings with groups of activities directors throughout the state more than 80 percent favored scheduling groups over section scheduling by a show of hands, Merkle said.

Merkle plans to present specific information on scheduling groups at December’s league board meeting and bring the issue for a vote at January’s meeting.

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