I don't think going to the playoffs ever becomes tradition. Tradition is supposed to be something unique, and it is supposed to be something entirely volitional (meaning you have 100% say in it). Given that 192 teams make the playoffs annually in Ohio, it just doesn't seem like an actual tradition.
Now, I suppose I could see certain teams playing in the playoffs as part of the historical tradition, but I think that would be a different kind of tradition. There's the kind that you can do ... and you indeed do ... because you have always done it that way, and it's a unique part of your program. Then, there are other parts that are forever etched into your team's proud history.