Arkansas high school football teams will be able to play overtime periods in nonconference games this season.
A proposal to change the rule passed by a vote of 179-10 Wednesday at a meeting of the Arkansas Activities Association’s governing body in Little Rock. The rule change will take place immediately.
Previously, teams were not allowed to play overtime in nonconference games, resulting in six tied outcomes last season. The rule pertained to only games played in the state, however, meaning some Arkansas teams were involved in nonconference overtime games out of state.
The results of nonconference games don’t impact postseason seeding in Arkansas.
A proposal to extend football spring practice by one week passed by a unanimous vote. A proposal to allow 7-on-7 events during the school year failed by a vote of 130-56.
The Class 7A and 6A playoffs will include six teams from each conference beginning in 2016.