Formats other than 11-man being considered for D-II football
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published: October 19, 2018
Is there a possibility that Pacific Division II football might go the way of Division III in Europe, where five schools are experimenting with a six-man tackle format?
That’s being discussed by coaches and administrators at D-II schools in Japan and Korea, all the way up to the halls of DODEA Pacific’s area office at Torii Station on Okinawa. The reason: Many teams are having trouble getting enough players to field a team.
- Osan American had to back out of a scheduled game on Oct. 6 at Matthew C. Perry because it only had 14 available to travel, one below DODEA Pacific’s minimum of 15. Osan had to shut down its program the previous few seasons due to lack of players.
- Daegu traveled with that many for an Oct. 6 game at Robert D. Edgren, only to have that game halted one series into the second half when the Warriors were down to 12 players due to injuries. The Eagles won the game 50-0.
- Edgren almost didn’t field a team when it only had 12 players by the middle of the second week of practice. They were given until Aug. 31, by which time they were able to suit up 18 players.
- Seoul American suspended operations this season when it only attracted eight players by that Aug. 31 deadline; it’s not known if the Falcons might return to the gridiron next fall.
Thus, the idea of a reduced format, such as nine-, eight- or even six-man football team is being considered, and Far East athletics coordinator Tom McKinney said he and DODEA Pacific officials are willing to listen to ideas put forth by downline districts and individual schools.
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