The Iowa High School Athletic Association put out its recently revamped High School Football Districts. Each District has just six teams, which means that to fill a nine-game schedule, each school will have four non-district games. The teams will still be put a priority list together for non-district football games and though those games may help determine their playoff fate. The Iowa High School Athletic Association has adopted a Ratings Percentage Index that will determine at-large playoff bids beginning next season.
That’s Todd Tharp of the IHSAA who says the new RPI will not penalize teams that schedule teams from lower classes in the non-district portion of the schedule.
Tharp says it is a way to help preserve longstanding rivalries.
Beginning next season Iowa schools will be allowed to play out-of-state competition but don’t expect to see class 4A power Dowling Catholic against Hoover of Alabama on ESPN. Tharp says an Iowa team can appear on television but it must be against a school from a contiguous state or Kansas.