2015 & 2016 Football Survey

September 23, 2013 1:00 am

2015 & 2016 Football Survey Results

At a September 17, 2013 meeting the NDHSAA football committee received results from a recent survey completed by member schools.  The survey was the first step in beginning the process of developing the guidelines and divisions for the 2015 and 2016 football plan. Factoring in current coops, 86 out of 99 (87%) of the football programs in the state responded to the committee’s survey.  Some key responses from the survey include:

What is more important in the new plan?

Minimizing travel – 21 (19%)

Balanced (competitive) divisions – 89 (81%)

How many divisions should there be in the next football 2-year plan?

Three – 23 (21%)

Four – 85 (79%)

In favor of an “opt down” option for teams to move down one division and be ineligible for the playoffs?

Yes – 39 (34%)

No – 76 (66%)

In favor of a plan that allows programs to select the division that they compete in, understanding that a full schedule could not be guaranteed?

Yes – 29 (28%)

No – 74 (72%)

Would your school consider playing 6-man football if it were an option?

Yes – 23 schools (comprising 16 current teams, 14 of which are fielding a varsity team in 2013)

The survey data will be instrumental in the football committee developing recommended guidelines for the next 2-year football plan for NDHSAA Board of Directors approval at their January 2014 meeting.