The Jay high school baseball team will have a chance beginning with the 2017 season to determine where they will be playing in the playoffs.
The OSSAA voted in July to add districts in Class 4A and the districts were announced in November.
"We are in the new baseball districts," said Jay baseball coach Mike Moore. "It eliminates the ranking process. It will keep the coaches from voting for their friends."
The district schedule is set up each season with games in district five being played back-to-back.
"It is one of those things that you have to play back-to-back," Moore said. "Our district voted to set up the schedules that way. They were trying to get everyone to do that across the state."
By playing in the districts, a team's playoff future is determined by how they finish in district play.
"You play yourselves into the playoffs there are no more rankings in Class 4A," Moore said. "For exampl,e a number eight will go to a number one. The playoffs are already set up through the state tournament. You you know by how you finish where your next step is in the playoffs. It is all predetermined. Everything is already set up before the season starts. How you finish determines where and who you play."
The districts were set up in July and updated in November. Moore was on the adviser committee that helped set up the Class 4A districts.
The teams in District Five with Jay are Grove, who is dropping down from Class 5A, Locust Grove, Miami, Oologah, Tulsa Webster, Vinita and Wagoner. The schedule for Jay changed very little with most of the teams already on the Bulldogs schedule. Only the format for when they play those teams has changed.
OSSAA Class 4A Baseball Districts 2016-2017
Anadarko, Clinton, Elk City, John Marshall, Kingfisher, Newcastle, Santa Fe South, Weatherford
ASTEC, Blanchard, Cache, Lone Grove, Madill, Plainview, Sulphur, Tuttle
Bethany, Bridge Creek, Classen SAS, Elgin, Heritage Hal, Pauls Valley, Seminole, Tecumseh
Ada, Bethel, Byng, Chickasha, Douglass, Harding Charter Prep, Harrah, McLoud
Grove, Jay, Locust Grove, Miami, Oologah-Talala, Daniel Webster, Vinita, Wagoner
Blackwell, Bristow, Cleveland, Cushing, Hilldale, Mannford, McLain, Perkins-Tryon
Berryhill, Catoosa, Okmulgee, Fort Gibson, Inola, Sequoyah-Claremore, Stillwell, Will Rogers
Broken Bow, Checotah, Idabel, Muldrow, Poteau, Roland, Sallisaw
Jay 2016 High School Baseball Schedule
March 9 - Tulsa Webster, Away
March 10- Tulsa Webster, Home
March 12-16 - Gulf Coast Classic Tournament, Alabama
March 20 - Vintia, Home
March 21 - Vinita, Away
March 24 - Kansas/Stilwell at Stilwell
March 25 - Catoosa, Home
March 27 - Grove, Away
March 28 - Grove, Home
March 30-April 1 - Adair Tournament
April 3 - Oologah, Away
April 4 - Oologah, Home
April 6 - Tahlequah, Home
April 7-8 - Grove JV Tournament
April 10 - Wagoner, Away
April 11 - Wagoner, Home
April 14 - Locust Grove, Home
April 15 - Locust Grove, Away
April 17 - Miami, Home
April 18 - Miami, Away
April 20-22 - Salina Tournament
April 24 - Keys, Away
April 27-28 - Bi-District Tournament
May 4-6 Regional Tournament
May 11-13 State Tournament