The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association board of directors voted unanimously Wednesday to approve a proposal that will alter the format of Class 6A football.
The proposal, presented by the OSSAA constitution and rules review committee, includes two separate plans, and now it’s up to the Class 6A schools to decide which plan they will adopt to be in place for the start of the 2014 football season.
he proposal does not include an option to keep 6A football as it is, so the class will be altered, no matter what.
The first plan, similar to a previous proposal rejected by the OSSAA board, will split the 32 Class 6A football teams into two divisions, with the 16 largest schools based on attendance in Division 1 and the smallest 16 in Division 2. Each division would have two eight-team districts, with four teams from each district making the playoffs.
The second plan would keep Class 6A districting as it is, with four eight-team districts. But each district would include four teams from the largest 16 schools in attendance and four from the smallest 16 schools. Two teams from each group of four would make the playoffs, with one eight-team playoff bracket for the largest schools, and another eight-team bracket for the smaller schools.
The proposal will now be sent to the current Class 6A schools for a vote, with a simple majority needed to accept one of the two options.
The changes would not go into effect until the 2014 season, because districts are already set for 2013.
Either proposal would create a three-week postseason.
OSSAA executive director Ed Sheakley said no decisions have been made regarding a possible bye week to keep the 6A championship games on the same weekend with the Class 5A and 4A title games. However, Edmond Schools athletic director Mike Nunley said the consensus from 6A coaches and athletic directors who met last month was to avoid having a week off in the postseason.