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High School Sports Participation Increases for 27th Consecutive Year

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (August 10, 2016) – Led by an encouraging report in football participation nationwide, the number of participants in high school sports increased for the 27th consecutive year in 2015-16 according to the annual High School Athletics Participation Survey conducted by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS). Based on figures from the 51 NFHS member state high school associations, which includes the District of Columbia, the number of participants in high school sports reached an all-time high of 7,868,900 – an increase of 61,853 from the previous year. After a decline of almost 10,000 participants in football the previous year, the number of boys playing 11-player football in 2015 was almost identical to 2014 with a…

2016 Rules Clinics

Please check the following LINK for the schedule of mandatory rules clinics.

LHSAA Hires New Director of Finance

BATON ROUGE, LA (August 4, 2016) – The Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA) has announced Justine Buckland as the new Director of Finance. Buckland comes to the LHSAA after two and a half years at Postlethwaithe & Netterville, the largest Louisiana-based accounting and business advisory firm. She replaces the former Director of Finance, Erin Tureau, who left the LHSAA after five years as her family relocated out of state. “We will certainly miss Erin and the professionalism she brought to our office,” according to Executive Director Eddie Bonine. “But we are very excited to have Justine on board. She understands the culture of the association and the values high school athletics promote. I expect the transition to be very…

NFHS Guide to Heat Acclimatization and Heat Illness Prevention

Memorandum            To: State Association Executive Officers From: Bill Heinz, M.D., Chair of the NFHS SMAC Bob Colgate, Director of Sports and Sports Medicine Subject: Heat Acclimatization and Heat Illness Prevention Date: July 31, 2016   As we head into the fall preseason, I want to give everyone a gentle, but forceful reminder to be mindful of the heat, and of the risks associated with summer-time athletic participation.  As reported in the New York Times, NASA is predicting 2016 to be another year of record heat, with temperatures much higher than 2015. It is essential that Administrators, Athletic Directors, Coaches, Parents and Students pay close attention to the resources such as Guidelines and Recommendations contained in the following NFHS Sports Medicine…

5th Annual “Beyond the Game” Essay Contest Winner

BATON ROUGE, LA (July 14, 2016) – Morgan Oliver, a recent graduate from Notre Dame High School, has been named the winner of the 5th annual Beyond the Game Essay Contest. The Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA) puts on the Beyond the Game Essay Contest each year with students from all member schools submitting entries based on a common theme. This year’s theme was “lessons learned through high school athletics.” Oliver’s essay, titled “Lessons Learned Between the Lines”, focused on her battle with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (JRA) and its profound effects on her life. Staying physically active helped cope with JRA as a young child, but Morgan’s experience in high school athletics also helped her learn lessons about “patience,…


As a tribute to the importance of high school football and basketball programs and the outstanding life skills they teach young men and women, the New Orleans Saints and the New Orleans Pelicans are creating the New Orleans Saints High School Helmet Program and the New Orleans Pelicans High School Jersey Program. The Saints and Pelicans would like all LHSAA Football and Basketball schools to participate and donate either a team jersey, team helmet, or both if your school has each sport. The jerseys and helmets will be displayed in the Mercedes Benz Superdome and the Smoothie King Center respectively. Please Note: The deadline has been extended to June 10, 2016. Please follow this LINK for details about this program.

Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA State Golf Championships - Schedule Change

LAFAYETTE -- The LHSAA State Golf Championships, originally scheduled for Monday-Tuesday at three courses in the Acadiana area, have been postponed until Wednesday and Thursday due to wet courses and the anticipation of more inclement weather over the next three days. The Lafayette organizing committee, in association with the LHSAA staff, made the decision Saturday afternoon after the Acadiana area received significant rain and was under tornado warnings Saturday morning. Forecasts are for 80 to 90 percent rain chances Sunday through Tuesday morning. “We regret having to move our dates back,” said committee chairman Robert Boudreaux, “but with the forecasts being what they are, there’s a good chance the courses will be unplayable Monday and Tuesday. Delaying two days will…

Items Passed Immediately by the EC During Spring Meeting

ITEMS PASSED EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY 2016 APRIL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING Amend Section 4 – Sport Seasons by amending Rule 4.4.1, Page 49 of the 2015-2016 LHSAA By-Laws, to be worded as follows: 4.4.1 Summer activities for all sports shall begin the 46th week, which is the first Sunday following the last LHSAA State Championship. This rule applies regardless of when your school year ends. Other than restrictions prohibiting football players from working out in pads during the defined summer time span there are no restrictions on workouts in LHSAA sports during the summer months. Summer activities in all LHSAA sports at the school’s facilities, use of school equipment and sport specific apparatus are subject to the approval of the school principal.…

Walk Up/Walk Out Music

Walk Up/Walk Out Music On Thursday, April 14, 2016, the Executive Committee and Executive Director Bonine discussed the recent ruling concerning walk-up music at both baseball and softball games. It was determined by the committee and Mr. Bonine that music would be allowed at regular season and playoff games under the following circumstances: ·        The principal/administration reviews the content. ·        Only music that does not contain profanity and/or sexual innuendo shall be played. ·        The volume level shall be at a level that does not cause displeasure to spectators. The principal/administration shall be responsible to the Executive Committee in the event inappropriate music is allowed to be played.

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