The future of Class 6A football will soon be in the hands of its 32 schools.
The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association board of directors approved ballots for the 32 schools to vote on the future of the class at the board's regular meeting Wednesday.
The proposal from the OSSAA constitution and rules review committee, which was approved by the board in February, includes two separate plans, and the Class 6A schools will vote to decide which plan they will adopt to be put in place for the start of the 2014 football season.
The 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 I and the smallest 16 in Division II.
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 two internal divisions, one with four teams from the largest 16 schools in attendance and one with four from the smallest 16 schools.
Four teams from each district would make the playoffs, with two each coming from the large and small division. That would create one eight-team playoff bracket for the larger schools, and another eight-team bracket for the smaller schools.
A simple majority is 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.
VOTE COMING ON UNDERCLASSMEN IN ALL-STAR EVENTS
A proposal of the OSSAA's football advisory committee that would allow underclassmen to participate in national All-Star competitions could go to a vote of the OSSAA member schools.
The board took no action on the proposal Wednesday, with the suggestion from the OSSAA staff that a referendum ballot be developed and sent to the member schools for a vote, possibly as early as next month.
The proposal would apply to all sports, not just football.
Other proposals from the football advisory committee — including changes to the number of schools in Class 3A and below, and a proposal to allow teams to play a regular season game the week before the scheduled start of the season — were voted down by the board.
NEW OFFICIALS NAMED
The OSSAA board unanimously selected Todd Steidley of Claremore, currently acting as vice president, as the new president of the board for the 2013-14 school year.
Duane Merideth of Durant was voted in as vice president for the coming school year.
Kingston's Jay McAdams is the current president for the remainder of the school year.