As part of the plan, the two teams will not be replaced in their districts for the 2014-17 seasons, meaning one district in Class 6A and one in 5A will have one fewer team than the other districts. But no football teams will be required to move up in classification to fill those spots.
The expectation of OKCPS is that the schedule changes will help the teams to build interest and involvement from high school and middle school students, with the hope of keeping them active throughout their high school years — a common problem for the programs currently.
“We have a concerted effort at the middle school level,” Sinor said. “We've got to start giving those kids the help and instruction they need through coaching, camps and clinics, that once they enter high school, they're on the same starting level as their counterparts in the suburban areas.”
“I'm just thankful for the OSSAA's help. I'm excited about the future.”