Details on football's plan for Season A and Season C

Strasburg Burlington football

(Ryan Casey/CHSAANow.com)

Following the vote on Wednesday night to allow schools to play football in the fall, if they choose to, here are further details about the season.

  • Schools can choose to play in either Season A (fall) or Season C (spring). Those selections are happening now, and schools must declare which season they will play in by Monday at 8 a.m. Declarations are for the entire program, including sub-varsity teams.
  • Schools can only play in one season.
  • The season structure will be identical in each season.
  • There will be a champion named in each season.
  • Teams will play a 6+1 season, meaning all teams will play a six-game regular season. Teams that miss the playoffs can schedule a seventh game against another non-qualifier in Week 1 or Week 2 of the postseason. Teams that make the playoffs will play at least seven games.
  • Teams must play four of the six regular-season games in order to be eligible for the postseason.
  • Playoffs will be an eight-team bracket, which is set and seeded by the CHSAA Seeding Index (RPI, MaxPreps, CHSAANow coaches poll, and Packard Rankings).
  • If possible, leagues will be kept intact if 50% of a league remains playing in a given season. However, leagues may need to be redrawn as needed to allow for six games.
  • All schools, in Season A or Season C, will have a schedule built by the CHSAA office due to the short amount of time prior to the start of the season.
  • Schools have been sent COVID-specific guidelines, and will continue to receive further information about these restrictions.

Season A dates:

  • Start of practice: 9/24
  • First game: 10/8
  • Round 1 of playoffs: 11/21
  • Semifinals: 11/28
  • Championships: 12/5

Season C dates:

  • Start of practice: 2/25
  • First game: 3/11
  • Round 1 of playoffs: 4/24
  • Semifinals: 5/1
  • Championships: 5/8