My bad - hashes are 8 steps closer to sideline, not 4.
Also, in response to another comment, you can be Class A in everything else (including band) and still elect to play "11 Man" football - the school would just be put in a 2A district for football, but 1A for all other competition. That was our situation last year.
We made the change this year. Should have last year - since we did it a year after realignment/district assignments we are playing an independent, "outlaw" schedule, which has worked out fine. Overall it has been GREAT for the school, kids, and for the community as a whole.
CONS - yes, the field is a little different. 80 yards long, with hash marks 4 steps closer to sideline. I'm lucky that this year our home field has both sets of hashes since it is turf and they haven't re-painted/re-surfaced it yet. (They just "chalked in" the 6-man yardlines). However, it hasn't proved to be a big deal when we go on the road - we have both sets of hashes painted on our practice field, and we just have to know which set to guide off of week by week. The only other "Cons" is that the game might suddenly be over middle of the 3rd quarter and your concession stand is stuck with some unsold hamburgers.
PROS - We have enough to field a JV and Varsity, so on Friday nights I get to keep the JV kids in the stands,(Everybody marches at halftime). We haven't been as "beat up" as we were while playing 11 man, so while injuries are still an issue it hasn't been as bad as previous years. And the game is FUN as heck - you'll memorize the fight song a lot quicker than usual - LOTS of offense. And did I mention the game might suddenly end? This past Friday we went ahead by 45+ points on the last play of the first half. We marched our show (with the football coaches and players watching), packed up, and I was home by 9:30.
Best of luck to you, your school, and your kids, and THANK YOU for teaching in a Small School - our kids deserve a chance to make music too!
So our school is beginning the debate to make the move to six-man football. For those of you who were at a school who made the change, what were the biggest arguments for and against? We have a smaller enrollment than almost half of the schools currently playing six-man football. Thanks for any information.