Sprint Football Rule Changes Announced
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – The Collegiate Sprint Football League has announced a new divisional alignment, the introduction of a championship game and an increase in the playing weight limit for the 2017 season.
With the addition of Caldwell University, which is set to play its inaugural season this fall, the coaches voted to split the league into two divisions for 2017. The North Division will include Army West Point, Cornell, Franklin Pierce and Post. The South Division will include Caldwell, Chestnut Hill, Mansfield, Penn and Navy.
The winners of each division, which will be decided by each school’s record against divisional opponents, will meet one week after the conclusion of the regular season in an official CSFL Championship game. That game will be played at whichever of the two divisional winners has the best overall record on the year. Each team in the league will play a seven-game schedule and have one bye week, with the exception of Navy in 2017. Due to the uneven number of teams in the league, one rotating team will play an eight-game schedule.
In addition to the new divisional alignment for 2017, the coaches also voted to increase the playing weight from 172.0 pounds to 178.0 pounds. This marks the first change to the weight limit in the last 14 years as the 172.0-pound limit was put in place in 2003.
The league rules have been amended to reflect that the coaches and the league will evaluate the weight limit every four years to ensure the league is still meeting the needs of student-athletes and changing demographics.
Army West Point