Some very veteran coaches were actively advocating for this change. Hope Christian's Coach Tony Nafe said; " The 2 formats are so much different.".
Others said; "Even the optimal size and build of the athletes are different."
and "Speed and agility are especially needed in the fast and open format of 6-man. But in 8-man, you start looking for more muscle and bulk in more positions.".
NHFCS associate, Jeremy Davis (himself a former 8-man coach) said; "This move will underscore the NHFCS commitment to those teams in divisions 2 & 3.".