The New York State Public High School Athletic Association will be looking into adding an additional regular season high school football game for the 2020 season.
On Friday, according to The Daily Gazette, NYSPHSAA football coordinator and Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk head coach Gary VanDerzee will formally introduce a proposal to add an additional non-league game at the start of the season at the NYSPHSAA’s quarterly Executive Committee meeting in Saratoga Springs.
If the state’s governing body approves the additional game, it would eliminate a scrimmage. Teams need to hold ten practices before holding a scrimmage or game.
Schools will be allowed to decide whether they want to keep the traditional scrimmage or add an additional regular season game.
Currently, NYSPHSAA teams play a 7-or-8 game regular season before entering the playoffs. The additional game would mean that teams that make it to the state championship game would play a total of 14 games. New Rochelle won the state’s largest classification last year with a perfect 13-0 record.
The NYSPHSAA is expected to vote on the proposal at its summer meeting.