Co-operative football teams within South Dakota will now have to stay together for four years or face a penalty under a new rule.

The South Dakota High School Activities Association board of directors has approved a rule that imposes a post-season ban if two teams in a co-op break up before they've been together for a four year term. All future co-ops will have to be together for four years at the minimum under this rule.

“All co-operative agreements in the sport of football must remain intact for a period of four years. If a co-op is broken by either school before four years have passed, neither school will be eligible for post-season play unless a hardship is granted by the SDHSAA Board of Directors.”

Activity directors voted a few weeks ago on the measure and approved it 101-7. The staff approved the rule during the SDHSAA Board of Directors Meetings.

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