The OSSAA's Constitution and Rules Review Committee first recommended the plan that passed in December. The proposal was tabled for further study before being resubmitted with the second proposal early this year and sent out to a vote.
There was no option to keep the current system of the top 32 teams being placed in one class.
The playoffs will begin immediately after the conclusion of the regular season, meaning the championship games for both divisions of 6A will be played on Thanksgiving weekend, a week earlier than they are now.
It was considered whether to give teams a week off following the regular season but Sheakley said that idea was dismissed.
“Those kids need to move on to other activities,” Sheakley said. “There's no reason to delay the playoffs there.”