OSSAA considers proposal to divide 6A football into two classifications
BY Staff Reports
Thursday, November 08, 2012
11/08/12 at 4:57 AM
OKLAHOMA CITY - The state's 32 Class 6A football schools may soon get to vote on whether to divide into two 16-team classifications.
That was a recommendation of the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association's constitution and rules review committee, headed up by Yukon superintendent and OSSAA board of directors member Bill Denton.
The board heard a report Wednesday and determined to discuss next month whether to send the matter on to the 6A schools for a vote.
Presumably, the proposal addresses concerns over the difference in enrollment between the largest and smallest schools in the class. Broken Arrow (4486.21), Union (4237.14), Jenks (3077.47) and Owasso (2628.00) are the state's largest schools, based on average daily membership. Bixby (1335.39) and Booker T. Washington (1287.39) are the smallest in the class, 31st and 32nd overall.
ADM is computed each year for the purposes of classification purposes in other sports, but football is reclassified every two years. The 2012 season is the first year of a two-year cycle.
The proposal would divide 6A into the 16 largest and 16 smallest schools to determine championships in each class. Twelve teams in each class would make the playoffs, with district champions and runners-up receiving first-round byes.
Under current ADM numbers, Norman (1728.94) would be the smallest school in the upper classification. Lawton (1722.00) would be the largest school in the lower classification.