LHSAA Talks Different Options On Upcoming Sports Seasons

by Hunter Bower // GeauxPreps.com Owner

BATON ROUGE – It was another glimpse of hope which sifted through the state of Louisiana Thursday afternoon as some scenarios were talked about in hopes of a return to Fall high school sports.

According to multiples sources, the LHSAA football advisory committee met with Executive Director Eddie Bonine Thursday afternoon to discuss alternatives should the state remain in certain phases upon the scheduled start of Fall sports seasons.

It was stressed by Bonine that the LHSAA will still have all sports but start dates may have to be pushed back due to the ever-changing COVID-19 pandemic. There is also a possibility of pushing back each sports season three weeks to help satisfy certain key dates.

In the meeting, Mr. Bonine notified the group that he set to meet with the state legislature on Monday to give an update and hopes to get an idea of what the Governor is planning to do as far as which Phase to remain in or move to.

According to sources, most believe that Phase Two will likely be extended for at least 21 days due to the high number of cases across the state.

It was also discussed that if the scheduled sports season dates were delayed that there would likely be modifications made to Phase 3 to allow shoulder pads to be used to hit sleds, tackles dummies and tackle wheels. There would also be a provision to allow 7 on 7 to aid heat acclimation. Other sports would be allowed more leniency as well.

Should the fall season get pushed back to mid-September for football, there would still be options concerning openings to play in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Those dates would fall shortly after Christmas around the second or third week in January. It was also determined that other sports seasons would be adjusted if needed.

If the number of cases continue to worsen or persist, another option was discussed to potentially swap the sports seasons with Fall sports being moved to Spring and vice-versa or Fall to Winter, Spring to Fall and Winter to Spring.

A decision for the scenarios is to be made as late as possible according to those involved in the situation. Due to the constantly changing situations surround the pandemic, the organization hopes to wait for the most complete information that would allow the best decision.

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