Schedules are supplied to the SSAC by the schools themselves. The governing body does not include a scheduling arm that sets start times or seeks out team schedules for the 19 high school sports it regulates.
At least not anymore, it doesn't. Also in the 1990s, the SSAC adopted a universal 7:30 p.m. start time for Friday night football games. Prior to that, host schools set their own start times, with kickoffs able to be manipulated for various reasons such as travel distance.
In the short term, it allowed for an overall improvement in attendance - since it was late enough for fans to get home from work, eat and ready themselves to attend a home game - and it was simpler for media to plan coverage of the events.
Improved media coverage equals increased awareness, which equals increased interest and attendance.
The SSAC granted the right to schools to change their kickoff times to 7 p.m., a move that was initially made to accommodate teams in the Eastern Panhandle that often play schools in Virginia and Maryland, where 7 p.m. kickoffs are the norm. After the restriction was loosened, numerous schools in the Northern Panhandle also moved to a 7 o'clock start time.
Heading into the 2013 season there are 19 teams that will start their Friday night games at 7 p.m.
While the trend seems to be toward earlier start times, the SSAC has not moved to make that a uniform kickoff. It would benefit by doing so.
Soccer, as it is, could stand to do with a little more regulation too. If its fans - easily the most zealous of those sports with SSAC oversight - want it to be taken more seriously, and gain more coverage and awareness, the first step might be to have all the games played at the same time.
If media outlets don't know ahead of time when games are being played, they're not likely to roll the dice on a guess. If fans don't know when an event starts, they're going to find something else to do.
Like stay at home watching NBC.
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