HADLEY, Mass. – The New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) will implement round-robin scheduling in the sport of football beginning with the 2017 season. The NESCAC Presidents voted to support converting the annual scrimmage each school plays into a regular season game.
"We are pleased to move to a full, round-robin schedule for football," said Trinity College President Joanne Berger-Sweeney, Chair of the Conference Committee. "Converting the scrimmage to a regular season game solves challenges institutions had finding opponents to play in a scrimmage and supports our efforts to improve safety."
Converting the scrimmage into a regular-season contest will allow the 10 schools that sponsor football to play each other. This change will also result in fewer live contact practices for teams as they prepare for a game rather than a scrimmage. The NESCAC head football coaches fully supported the change and reduction in contact practices. The coaches also unanimously agreed to continue their current practice of players not engaging in live tackling during practice once in-season.
"Moving to full round robin alleviates the difficulty institutions encountered trying to schedule scrimmages due to our later start date" stated NESCAC Executive Director Andrea Savage. "Additionally, reducing the number of contact practices supports our continuing efforts on enhancing health and safety."
The 2017 NESCAC football season begins on September 16, click here for the composite schedule.