Adrian Files Complaint With OSAA

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ADRIAN – The Adrian School District has filed a complaint with the Oregon Schools Activities Association (OSAA) over the governing body’s change in football brackets for the 1A division.

The letter, penned by Adrian High School Principal and head football coach Billy Wortman, states action was taken by the Football Ad-Hoc Committee and State Championship Committee without input from the schools. The two committees recommended 8-man football brackets be lessened from the current 16-team bracket to a 12-team bracket.

“I would request that 1A-8 delegates be polled on what style of bracket they prefer,” writes Wortman in the letter. “I implore the Executive Board to dissolve the Football Ad Hoc Committee.”

“We have received the letter and the concerns will be forwarded to the OSAA Executive Committee,” said Peter Weber, executive director of the OSAA.

Weber spoke with on Friday, April 29.

“The committees in the OSAA make recommendations, but the executive board has the final decision,” he said.

In addition to the bracket issue, Wortman also asks the OSAA to again look at the structure for playoffs in the 9- and 6-man divisions. He also is requesting the OSAA to look at “strategies to address declining participation numbers”.

Wortman also has devised the creation of “enrollment zones”, an area where schools could select their level of play under a set criteria and length of playing period. He also requests the OSAA set a petition process to “play-up” or play-down” in only the sport of football.

Wortman is also advocating for an open division in football.

The Football Ad-Hoc Committee met a total of seven times, five times before the public.

The committee gave their presentation on Monday, May 2 to the OSAA Executive Committee. Without mentioning Adrian’s letter in the public meeting, the Executive Board approved all recommendations of the football committee.

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