Now that you have the official procedure for football scheduling, let me make sense of it for you:
The ball is back in Gov. Bill Lee’s court. If his office green-lights contact for fall sports, when that happens will impact the schedule.
We are assuming an on-time start as of now. (I know what happens when you assume, no jokes please.)
The beginning of contact practice determines if any weeks will be missed.
This chart spells out the dates and which weeks are impacted:
|If contact practice doesn’t begin by…||…then we’ll miss these weeks|
|Aug. 3||Week 1|
|Aug. 10||Week 2|
|Aug. 17||Week 3|
|Aug. 24||Week 4|
|Aug. 31||Week 5|
If we miss Week 1 of the season, all region games in that week will be rescheduled. They’ll find a mutual date when both teams have non-region games, or if they have the same open date, use that week. If they replace non-region games, those teams’ opponents would then need to find another game for that date or take the week off. The same thing goes for Week 2.
If we miss Week 3, all of those games will be played on Week 12 (Nov. 6 is that Friday), and the first round of playoffs in Division I will be lost. Only the top two teams in each region would advance under that scenario.
If we miss Week 4, all region games would be rescheduled, and non-region games would be lost.
Anything after that, and the state will have to try something else.
Another point to clear up: the state is not resetting region schedules. Under the old Option 2, that was the case, but the hybrid model takes care of that problem to keep coaches from needing to scramble to fill non-region slots.
Hopefully now it does. Keep your fingers crossed that we don’t need this at all.