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WILSONVILLE – Come next fall, your football team may take the field for an 11-player game. Or a 9-player game. Or an 8-player game. Or a 6-player game.
The Oregon Schools Activities Association’s Football Ad Hoc Committee completed its third public meeting on Friday, Jan. 21 and subsequently released new recommendations after meeting in a work session.
Oregon could soon be playing four types of football. After hearing support from 2A schools to make a switch to 9-player, the committee is now forwarding a recommendation to the Executive Board to have teams play 11-player, 9-player, 8-player and 6-player.
Here is how the numbers jog out on the new proposal. 2A schools with an adjusted student population of 75-145 will play 9-player football. 1A schools with an adjusted student population of 74-61 will play 8-player football. Schools with an adjusted school population of under 60 students will play 6-player football.
The committee also again endorsed OSAA to conduct a formal OSAA State Championship for 6-player football.
The committee continues to grapple with teams playing down being eligible for state playoffs. In a change from previous recommendations, the committee is now stating schools playing down in football would be eligible to OSAA playoffs, but would be reviewed on an annual basis. If a team has an in-class winning percentage of 67% or higher or advances beyond the first round of the football playoffs, they would automatically be moved back up for the following season.
Ontario is eligible to request to play down as the Tigers have a winning percentage below 22% for the last two seasons.
Two proposals are on the table for extending the football season, playing nine games in 10 weeks. The first proposal starts football one week early while the second extends the season by one week. Under the second proposal, the championship game would be held December 3.
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