Class 6A schools voted for a plan that splits the class into two divisions for football.
The schools voted for that plan over a proposal that would've kept the class in four districts with two larger and two smaller schools from each district advancing to two separate playoffs.
“We're pleased with it and how the process played out,” said Ed Sheakley, executive director of the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association. “It's kind of ironic that it kind of came back full circle to what the committee first recommended to the board.”
The proposal passed with a 25-5 vote. Tulsa Union abstained from voting and another school did not return their ballot.
The change takes effect for the 2014 season.
Class 6A will feature three eight-team districts and one seven-team district, at least for four years. U.S. Grant was recently granted independence in football. The Generals will be placed in a district officially but won't compete in a district until at least the 2018 season.
Capitol Hill, which is in 5A, also will be independent in football for four years.
Districts for the 2014-15 seasons will be set late this summer.
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.”