League, playoff alignments remain exactly the same for the coming ’23 fall season.
The Oregon School Activities Association’s Football Ad Hoc Committee has looked down upon the Class 6A football playoff format it created last spring.
And the committee saw that it was good.
That’s the gist of the latest tweaks from the OSAA regarding the 6A football playoff model it debuted in the fall of 2022. That format includes two 16-team playoff brackets, essentially including teams ranked 1-16 in the upper bracket and teams ranked 17-32 in the lower bracket.
To be fair, the OSAA — which solicited input from athletic directors and other school representatives across the state to formulate the current arrangement — is just one year into the four-year block of its current 6A football playoff format and wasn’t expected to issue any major changes.
Regarding the Three Rivers League, there are zero changes to a league that saw West Linn win the Class 6A state title, Lake Oswego earn a berth in the state quarterfinals and Lakeridge play its way into the Columbia Cup semifinals.
As to the real changes that impact Class 6A football, they are these:
• For a school to “play down” — compete in a classification lower than the one indicated by its enrollment — it must submit the following info: Participation numbers by grade level (9-12); win/loss records, including point differentials, for each level in the program; listing of any forfeits for each level in the program; coaching staff continuity for each level in the program; school administration continuity; description of off-season programs (team camp, youth camp, 7v7/Lineman challenge, summer weights); youth program participation numbers by grade level and coaching staff continuity for the past four years; and description of school/community support and action steps taken, or planned, by the school to return the program to its original classification.
• A school that plays down is eligible to qualify for the playoffs for two years; the Football Ad Hoc Committee is considering a policy that would make teams that continue to play down beyond two years ineligible for postseason play.
• The committee supports allowing teams to play in more than one jamboree within the same day or week, while maintaining the current limit of 36 offensive snaps for an individual player.
• Beyond that, all Class 6A football teams will remain in the same league placements they held in 2022.