SDHSAA exploring 6-man football

A significant change to small-school football in South Dakota is in the preliminary stages after the latest board meeting of the South Dakota High School Activities Association.

The Activities Association board has given its initial approval to the idea of forming a six-man football class in South Dakota.

The new classification would replace Class 9B, which includes area schools such as Wall and Harding County, and would be open to any schools with an average daily membership of 40 and below. The remaining nine-man teams would be divided into two classes.

Proponents say the move would allow smaller schools to continue having football.

A decision on final approval will come at a June 7 board meeting in Pierre.

Six other states in the country play 6-man football, including North Dakota, Nebraska, Montana and Wyoming.