Class 6A’s new divisions will be drawn up in late June when the OSSAA receives new ADM numbers.
While the decision to adopt the proposal may have been unanimous, unequivocal support for the new system was not. NHS coach Greg Nation said there was a desire in those meetings to keep the current system in place, something that wasn’t a possible outcome.
He also said another option which had been discussed at Class 6A coaches meetings would have kept the districts the same and allowed more teams into the playoffs before splitting up into separate brackets, but that option was also discounted by the OSSAA.
“We all wanted to keep it the way it was, but obviously that was not one of the plans presented to us,” he said. “We’re changing this whole thing for two or three schools at the top, and you still have a huge discrepancy between the schools at the top and the ones at the bottom. You’re still talking three Norman Highs just to reach what the largest schools have.”
Being given two options, both of which would bring on major changes, doesn’t significantly even the playing field, Nation said.
“We knew there was going to be a change, our back was to the grinding wheel,” he said. “Do I think it was fair? No, I don’t think it was fair, and I think for the most part most schools would have said keep it the way it was. But you pucker up and you go play.”
At North, coach Wade Standley characterized the new system as imperfect and said it will shake things up across the state even if it doesn’t change much of the day-to-day at North.
“They’re trying to address some of the discrepancy in numbers, and they were able to do that with this plan,” he said. “It’s not a perfect plan to do it, but I think they were doing what they could to try and address those issues.