New Jersey mulling playoff changes

by Jeff Fisher

The New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association‘s football committee is discussing ways to change the public and private playoff systems for the 2015 season.  NorthJersey.com reports that he main drive behind the discussion to make sure the best teams in the state qualify, which isn’t always the case under the current sectional playoff system.

According to the story….

“The committee unanimously passed the idea that instead of pulling the eight teams with the most power points out of each geographic section, the top 32 teams based on power points in each group, regardless of location, qualify.”

“Those 32 teams would then be aligned by their northing number — a statistical analysis of a school’s location from north to south — the northern-most eight would be placed in North 1, the next eight in North II, eight in Central and eight in South Jersey.”

The above describes what could happen on the public side, while on the private side, the committee discussed reducing the field from four groups to three.

Any formal proposal would still need several votes before taking effect.

In a separate discussion, the football committee also passed a new guideline that limits in-season contact during practices to 90-minute per week.

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Jeff Fisher
Jeff is an award-winning journalist and expert in the field of high school sports, underscored with his appearance on CNBC in 2010 to talk about the big business of high school football in America. Jeff turned to his passion for high school football into an entrepreneurial venture called High School Football America, a digital media company focused on producing original high school sports content for radio, television and the internet. Jeff is co-founder and editor-in-chief of High School Football America, which is a media partner with USA TODAY High School Sports.