Krueger: We need input from coaches into football's upcoming alignment

Boulder Denver South footbal

(Tim Visser/

EDITOR'S NOTE: Mike Krueger is the chair of the CHSAA football committee. He penned the following letter to football coaches this week.

As you know, the 2017 football season will bring us to the close of a two-year cycle in Colorado high school football. We wanted to update you as we look forward to the 2018-20 cycle and beyond.

As we work toward, plan, and create a vision for high school football in our State, the CHSAA football committee remains ardently dedicated to continuing the shared decision making model that has helped us shape the landscape for high school football. We started initial discussions this past summer with stakeholders around the state from each of our classifications.

Obviously the input and wisdom from our coaches is a vital and much-needed part of this important process.  Each league and region around our state has identified individuals whose main responsibility is to relay information and provide insight from each of our stakeholders and communities.

These classification representatives from around the state meet with each other and discuss many issues, including the structure of how leagues are formed and created. These groups are led by members of the CHSAA football committee. This provides an opportunity for the committee to hear directly from each of our schools and programs.

As mentioned, input from the membership is desperately needed and desired. We therefore want to encourage football coaches to talk with their athletic directors and the representative from your league and/or community and provide input into the structure and design of our leagues and playoff formats.

The dedicated individuals that serve on our football committee spend countless hours gathering input and ideas, talking to coaches and communities, and facilitating discussions that help promote the sport of football for all athletes, coaches, schools and communities across our vast state.

Coaches, please take the time to talk with your athletic director and your representatives so that your voice is heard in these important dialogues. Thank you so much for everything you do each and every day for our student-athletes and your schools.