Varsity Football

KSHSAA will allow high schools to hold preseason football jamborees

Kansas has joined the bandwagon.

At the Kansas State High School Activities Association (KSHSAA) April Board of Directors meeting, a preseason high school football jamboree was voted into existence. Kansas joins several surrounding states, including Missouri, Oklahoma and Colorado.

The Big Seven League among others introduced the proposal that was addressed Friday in Topeka. It allows four KSHSAA-member high schools to gather for a preseason, optional scrimmage. Each school has the power to opt in or out, in doing so sticking to an intra-squad game.

The proposal states no fewer than three and no more than four teams can participate on one date during Week 8 of the KSHSAA calendar after at least 10 days of practice. Individual players must have had at least nine practices under their belts.

Teams can run no more than 36 offensive plays without special teams or kicking.

The board of directors voted in favor of the proposal 62-3, and it will go into effect in the 2019 season.

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