Small Idaho high schools will have the option to play 6-man football next fall.
The Times-News in Twin Falls reported the Idaho High School Activities Association voted Tuesday to support a pilot project for three years, starting next fall.
Participating schools must create their own schedules and will have to organize their own playoffs initially.
IHSAA board member Tim Perrigot says a number of small schools in Idaho are seeing their enrollment decrease. He says about eight schools appear to be potential candidates for 6-man football, but others such as charter and alternative schools may also look at adding the sport.
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Camas County athletic director Randy Jewett said Tuesday’s decision was a victory for “tiny” school football across the state.
Montana has sponsored 6-man football for three decades and has 34 6-man teams.