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The Nebraska School Activities Association voted on multiple changes which affect area boys basketball and football teams, along with a ruling on girls wrestling.
In Class C and D boys hoops, teams will have an option on when to play the district championship game.
Next season, the 12 subdistrict champions, along with the four wild card teams, who advance to the district finals can choose when to play their district championship contest. Teams can select between Saturday, or the following Monday or Tuesday.
This past season, all district title tilts were scheduled for Saturday Feb. 23, two days following the subdistrict finals. A blizzard forced games to be pushed back, plus coaches were already concerned with the quick turnaround from their subdistrict final's contests.
The proposal passed but if the schools fail to mutually agree on a date or site, the district finals will be played on Saturday at a site selected by the NSAA.
The board also approved the changing of the Class D-1 and D-2 football playoff schedules.
In the past, playoff teams had a six days in between rounds before their next round matchup. The new tournament schedule for Class D-1 and D-2 resemble classes A, B, C-1, C-2 and six-man.
In 2020, after the competition of the eight-game regular seasons, the 32 teams advancing to the D-1 and D-2 playoffs will play their first-round games on Thursday of week nine of the football season, the final week of the regular season for A, B, C-1 and C-2.
The D-1 and D-2 second-round, quarterfinal and semifinal games will then be played on Friday the next three weeks, the same day as the first three rounds of the 11-man playoffs.
The 2019 playoff schedule will be the same format as it has been in the past. First-round games this coming fall will be on Thursday, Oct. 31, second round on Wednesday, Nov. 6, the quarterfinals on Tuesday, Nov. 12, and semifinals on Monday, Nov. 18.
One of the top agenda items at Friday’s meeting was the discussion and vote on girls wrestling becoming an official NSAA sport. The approval fell one vote short. Needing 30 votes, only 29 board members voted for girls wrestling.
Girls wrestling is expected to be discussed and voted on again next year.