The Oklahoman

Here’s what happened at the OSSAA board meeting

- High School Insider

The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Associatio­n‘s board of directors met Wednesday for its monthly board meeting. Here's what happened:

Neutral-site football playoff games

The OSSAA board approved a recommenda­tion from staff which could affect some neutral-site football playoff games.

The OSSAA rules say the home team during a neutral site playoff game will be the team on an odd or even line of the bracket correspond­ing with the current year. For example, this year, during a neutral-site playoff game, the team on the odd-numbered line of the bracket would be the designated home team.

This addition to the OSSAA rules could change that. Executive director David Jackson said allowing the OSSAA staff to look at each neutral-site playoff game individual­ly and determine if a change needs to be made to the rule could help with crowd control and allow schools with bigger fan bases to sit on the home sides of stadiums.

This new regulation won't be used in most cases, but if the OSSAA determines a switch needs to be made that will benefit fans attending games, then it could happen.

6A/5A state basketball tournament­s

Changes could be coming to the Class 6A-5A state basketball tournament­s.

Those won't be known until November, though.

The OSSAA staff tabled possible discussion and action regarding the host site for the next three Class 6A-5A state basketball tournament­s. The state's largest classifications have played at Oral Roberts' Mabee Center since 2010, but that could change as soon as this season.

Multiple sites have bid to host the state tournament­s, including OU, Oklahoma State and ORU, but the OSSAA received new data this week that staff wants to examine further before committing to a new contract with a bid site. The OSSAA also has to examine how each bid site handles the ticketing process and more before making a decision.

OSSAA associate director Mike Whaley said a decision is expected to be made by the November board meeting.

Soccer districts approved for 2021-22, 2022-23

The board approved soccer districts for the next two years. Here's a look at the new districts:

Class 6A

District 1: Deer Creek, Edmond Memorial, Lawton, Norman, Putnam City West, Northwest Classen, Southmoore, Yukon

h District 2: Capitol Hill, Edmond Santa Fe, Moore, Mustang, Norman North, Putnam City North, Westmoore, U.S. Grant

h District 3: Choctaw, Edmond North, Enid, Jenks, Putnam City, Sand Springs, Stillwater, Tulsa Union

h District 4: Bartlesvil­le, Bixby, Broken Arrow, Muskogee, Owasso, Ponca City, Tahlequah, Tulsa Washington

Class 5A

District 1: Altus, Ardmore, Duncan, Elgin, Lawton Eisenhower, Lawton MacArthur, Noble, Santa Fe South

h District 2: Carl Albert, El Reno, Guthrie, Guymon, McGuinness, Midwest City, Piedmont, Southeast

h District 3: Del City, Durant, McAlester, Sapulpa, Shawnee, Tulsa Edison, Tulsa Kelley, Tulsa Memorial

h District 4: Claremore, Collinsvil­le, Coweta, Glenpool, Grove, Tulsa Rogers, Tulsa East Central, Tulsa Hale

Class 4A

District 1: Ada, Bethany, Cache, Chickasha, Cleveland, Harrah, Madill, Newcastle

h District 2: ASTEC Charter, Classen SAS, Clinton, Elk City, Harding Charter Prep, Weatherfor­d, Western Heights, Woodward

h District 3: Catoosa, Miami, Oologah, Skiatook, Tulsa Holland Hall, Tulsa Metro Christian, Tulsa McLain, Wagoner

h District 4: Fort Gibson, Hilldale, Poteau, Pryor, Sallisaw, Stilwell, Tulsa Cascia Hall, Tulsa Regent Prep

Class 3A

District 1: Atoka, Bridge Creek (Girls), Crooked Oak, Crossings Christian, Christian Heritage, Douglass (Boys), McLoud, Millwood (Girls), Oklahoma Christian School,

h District 2: Alva, Community Christian, Cordell, Cushing (Girls), Heritage Hall, Kingfisher, Mount St. Mary, Newkirk (Girls)

h District 3: Broken Arrow Summit Christian, Commerce, Drumright (Girls), Locust Grove, Mannford (Girls), Riverfield Country Day, Tulsa Central, Verdigris, Westville

h District 4: Bristow, Heavener, Inola (Girls), Keys Parkhill (Girls), Owasso Rejoice Christian, Porter Consolidat­ed (Girls), Sequoyah Claremore, Hugo (Boys), Tulsa Victory Christian, Tulsa Webster

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