After dealing with interruption of sports this past March, Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association made some changes to a policy in regards to future interruption of sports.
In a special meeting hosted Thursday to discuss the plans moving forward for the fall of 2020, the board voted 12-0 on the revisions of the plan after a lengthy discussion about the upcoming year.
Board Policy LIV had some major changes, which led to the discussion of how schools should approach the upcoming school year if changes are needed to be made for games.
OSSAA’s policy stated if the results of the contest wouldn’t change the outcome of playoff pairings, the two schools involved should make all reasonable efforts to reschedule the contest at a different date within the regular season . If the schools are unable to, they can outright cancel.
If the result of the game would affect playoff standings, the two schools involved will need to make an effort to agree on a date within 48 hours of the original contest.
If not rescheduled with the agreement of the two teams, then the placement in the playoff bracket will be determined by win/loss percentage for all teams in the district and the marginal points will not be considered in breaking ties between the teams.
When there are two or more teams tied in the win-loss percentage, the highest position of district play will go to the team that won in head-to-head contests over the other remaining tied teams.
In the event that a tie can’t be broken using any of those methods, the OSSAA will determine the seeding by a coin toss and will repeat until all positions are filled.
The final part of the changed policy revolved around decisions by a state or local government authority interrupting the scheduling of locations for playoffs in sports.
Executive Director David Jackson, with the policy change, will now be authorized to develop and execute a plan in the best interest of the membership to continue, reschedule or relocate post-season play.
Currently, schools are allowed to conduct summer activities with the dead week period for the summer of 2020 waived by the OSSAA earlier this summer.
With the board voting on these policies, the current schedule has fall sports like volleyball, cross country and fast pitch softball starting official practice July 15.
Football practice will officially begin Aug. 10 for limited practice and full practice will begin Aug. 14 unless activities get postponed or canceled before any of the start dates.