Been thinking about this for a while and thought I would throw it out their and see what others people think. I know ihsaa will never use any of my ideas but would love to hear what have to say about them.
First change i would make is to the last week of July. I would make this camp week where schools could have a mini camp. They could hold it during 4 of the 5 days of the week. I Would make Saturday and no contact day so the kids and families could have the last weekend before the season starts to do family stuff. During your camp you can have up to 3 full pads pracites during the 4 days the rest would be pro pads. It would be like the old 2adays we had back in the day. The first Monday in Aug. would be the start of normal football operations The reason for this is to make more fair across the board some since not all schools start at the same time.
2nd change would be to move the start of the games up a week. For example this year Aug 7 would be the scrimmage and Aug 13 would week one. By doing this you would be doing two things one is give 5A and 6A the same amount of games played as the rest of the class, the second thing it would do is give the lower class a bye week. There is a lot ways to this but i think the easiest way is to make the bye week 10 right before the playoffs start.
3rd change would be in the playoffs to seed the teams. I know this is a dead horse that has been beating a lot, but here is my take on doing this. You would give ever team and 1 threw 16 or 32 number. Now that number is not to be used to see who plays each other, I keep that the same as it has been, but to see who get to host the game. In doing this i would also do away from the whole idea of a neutral field let the host school treat it as a home game. I feel you lose a little bit of what make Friday Night Lights great in the playoff because of the whole idea of a neutral site idea the Ihsaa has. Their is had been talk on here about making the regular season mean more and I believe this would be a way good way to make it happen. I know their can be a lot of ways to come up with the rankings but I think the easiest way is to use the sagarin rating. I know it is not perfect but it would be a could place to start with
I know like others i have more changes i would like to see but i want to get other people thoughts on these ideas.