North without Nordyke
North had to forfeit game one because their number of games played exceeded that allowed by the OSSAA, Edmond Public Schools Athletic Director Mike Nunley said.
Teams are allowed 22 regular season games and three tournaments.
The situation stemmed from a tournament North played in Colorado earlier in the season, Nunley said. Games that the school considered pool play — i.e., games played not in a bracket that do not lead to a title game — the OSSAA considers regular season games.
Pool play in a tournament is a set number of games each team plays leading up the elimination portion of the tournament. Pool play can sometimes determine seeding in the bracket, but wins and losses in pool play do not control whether a team moves on.
OSSAA softball regulations state, “In a pool play tournament, if there is an opportunity to play two or more games after the conclusion of pool play, then all pool play games shall count against the regular season limitation.”
The OSSAA and Edmond Public Schools agreed to forfeit North’s first regional game, and that head coach Rick Nordyke would sit out the remainder of the playoffs and the first five games of the 2013 season.