COMMERCE — Commerce is expected to drop down to Class A for football in 2017-18 under a tentative district realignment plan.
The Tigers, who have competed in Class 2A since 2010, move down because of a new classification breakdown adopted by the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association at its May meeting.
Under the new breakdown, Classes 6A (16 in Division I and 16 in Division II), 5A, 4A and 3A will have 32 teams each. Class 2A has the next 64 football playing schools and A has the remaining 11-man football playing schools.
Class B will have the largest 48 schools who want to play eight-man football. It must be a Class A school or smaller.
Class C will have the smallest 32 eight-man football playing schools.
However, Oklahoma City U.S. Grant and Capitol Hill will play independent schedules for the next two years, leaving 6A with only 15 schools in each division.
Also, there are at least 12 non-football playing schools included in the mix — Oklahoma City Classen (89th), Harding Charter Prep (100th), Advanced Science and Technology Education Public Charter Schools (Oklahoma City, 104th), Byng (123rd), Harding Fine Arts Academy (129th), Riverside Country Day School of Tulsa (138th), Dove Science (Tulsa, 150th), Tulsa School of Arts and Sciences (171st), Dove Science (Oklahoma City, 192nd), Silo (198th), Dale (203rd) and Latta (208th).
Plus, there are some schools that will co-op football, according to OSSAA director of media relations Van Shea Iven.
If the Average Daily Membership numbers are approved in August, CHS would be the third-largest among 66 Class A schools with an ADM of 208.37.
If “Plan A” is approved, the Tigers would be assigned to District A-7 with Afton, Fairland, Quapaw, Ketchum, Colcord, Oklahoma Union and Rejoice Christian.
Miami will be the 14th largest school in 4A while Wyandotte would be 60th out of 64 in Class 2A.
Fairland is 30th, Quapaw 41st and Afton 47th in Class A.
Welch is the second largest school and Bluejacket 11th out of the 32 in Class C.
Football coaches will meet Thursday to fine tune districts in all classes.
“They will submit that to us and we ‘may’ tweak some depending on travel if something looks out of whack,” Iven said in an email. “Usually there are very few, if any, changes. If a particular school has had a lot of travel during the last cycle or two and are going to have to travel again, we may swap them out with another school who hasn’t traveled in a while.”
The OSSAA board of directors is expected to approve the recommendations at its August meeting.