Good news for local football teams. For the next two years, the calendar will align in Section 1’s favor.
Because of where Labor Day falls in 2013 and 2014, it will allow all Section 1 sports to begin in line with the rest of the state. That should mean an end to three-games-in-11 days and condensed postseason tournaments.
It will also allow the section more time to research and investigate whether football should return to the normal start date or not.
In a statement, Section 1 executive director Jennifer Simmons said there was no vote to change the fall start date.
“Any vote for a change was tabled so that over the next two years, information could be collected to see if a change is warranted,” she said.
All sports, including football, will begin Aug. 19.
As I reported on Twitter, the calendar will allow CHSFL schools to play an extra non-league game. That means both Stepinac and Iona Prep will open their seasons with two non-league games rather than the customary one.