In hopes of finding a solution that those most directly involved are comfortable with, several Class 6A football coaches and athletic directors are set to meet Monday in Edmond to discuss ideas for a Class 7A proposal of their own.
A proposal developed by the rules committee of the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association was voted down by the board of directors in December and sent back to the committee for further discussion.
However, a large group of 6A coaches and administrators decided be proactive in developing their own proposal to take to the OSSAA, rather than sitting back to see what happened.
One of the most popular ideas being discussed at the Oklahoma Football Coaches Association clinic Friday and Saturday in Oklahoma City was modeled after Texas' postseason format, which splits its largest class into two playoff brackets based on enrollment.
The idea would keep Class 6A as the largest 32 schools, and four teams from each district would qualify for the playoffs.
But instead of having one 16-team playoff, the postseason would be split into two divisions. The largest two playoff teams from each district would be put in Division 1 and the smallest in Division 2, making for two eight-team playoff brackets.
Coaches had also been discussing the same idea involving an increase of teams in Class 6A, up to 48 or even 64. And other ideas will be entertained as well.
The OSSAA board of directors meets Wednesday.
‘ZERO WEEK' A HOT TOPIC AT CLINIC
The Oklahoma Football Coaches Association looked at a variety of ideas to improve the landscape of high school football in the state during its annual clinic Friday and Saturday in Oklahoma City.
One of the most popular ideas was to allow teams to play non-district games the week before the traditional opening of the season — an idea termed “Zero Week.”
It would allow teams an extra week in which to play a non-district game, thus easing the difficulty for non-district scheduling.
It would be particularly beneficial for teams playing opponents from Texas, which starts its season a week earlier than Oklahoma.
And it would provide another option for teams with a late-season district bye week, rather than forcing them to play an essentially meaningless game late in the season and risk injuring players before the playoffs.
The proposal would have to be presented and accepted by the OSSAA then sent to the member schools for a final vote.
“That will be on our proposal to the OSSAA,” said Velma-Alma coach Greg Gothard, the spokesman for the OFBCA advisory committee. “It might only benefit a minority of teams, but if we can help those teams without hurting the rest, it seems like a good idea.”
CHANGE IN CLASS SIZES FOR 4A-A CONSIDERED
The OFBCA was still gathering feedback from coaches on a potential proposal that would increase the number of teams in Class 4A and shrink 3A-A.
It would change the makeup of each 11-man football class 4A and below to a 48-team class with eight six-team districts. Four teams from each district would still make the playoffs, so the postseason structure would not be impacted.
Opposition to the idea consisted of coaches who disliked the idea of having five non-district games every year. However, coaches frustrated by the current setup, which leaves many schools in districts with an odd number of teams, were in favor of it.
Currently, Class 4A has 32 teams, while 3A-A have 58-59 teams each. This proposal would also allow for a few Class A teams to drop down to the 8-man classes.
The OFBCA leaders were still getting feedback from coaches and had not determined if they'd present the proposal to the OSSAA.