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Under Armour Recalls Football Helmet Chin Straps

Consumer Reports released a statement earlier this week that Under Armour has recalled chin straps for football helmets due to laceration hazards. The football helmet chin straps being recalled are the Under Armour Defender Chin Straps. The faulty chin straps for football helmets have sharp metal snaps that may cut players. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, Under Armour has received six reports of injuries that required stitches. Consumers are being warned to immediately stop using the recalled chin straps and contact Under Armour for a free replacement chin strap. For additional information, call Under Armour toll-free at 1-888-823-0343 or visit their website at    

2011 LHSAA State Farm Prep Classic Poster & Program Winner Announced

The Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA) along with State Farm Insurance and Cajun Industries are proud to announce that Zeke Basco of Pineville High School has been named the winner of the 2011 LHSAA State Farm Prep Classic Poster and Program Cover Contest. As winner, Basco and his teacher will receive free hotel accommodations for one night along with free passes to the LHSAA State Farm Prep Classic Dec. 9 through 10, and they will be recognized at halftime of a 2011 State Championship game. In addition, Basco will receive a $100 prize, and he will be featured in an article in the Prep Classic souvenir program.  A big congratulations is extended to Basco, and a huge thank you goes out to all those students who participated in the…

New NCAA Academic Standards Approved

New NCAA academic reform was recently approved, and it will affect this year's freshman class -- the class of 2015. Below are highlights for high school student-athletes: Academic core course requirements have increased. Class of 2015 and beyond D1 students must have a minimum 2.3 core gpa (increased from 2.0) along with the appropriate SAT/ACT score. The new sliding scale for the SAT/ACT will also soon be approved with higher test scores required. Ten of the 16 core requirements must be completed by the end of the junior year of high school. If a student-athlete graduates with a 2.0-2.29 core GPA with the appropriate sliding scale, he or she can still receive a scholarship and participate in practice but cannot participate in game action his or her freshman year. For…

LHSAA Becomes NASPAA Affiliate Member

The Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA) joined the Indiana High School Athletic Association and the Oregon School Activities Association in becoming the most recent affiliate members of the National Association of Sports Public Address Announcers. The mission of NASPAA is to raise the level of professionalism of public address (PA) announcers. The LHSAA broadcasts 27 state championship events annually as well as a New Orleans Saints sponsored "High School Game of the Week," which includes 10 regular season games and four playoff games. They also broadcast a one-hour live Annual Prep Football Pairing Show, which announces the 32 teams in each of the five classifications and the playoff brackets leading up to the state football championship games. According to LHSAA Executive…

The High School Football Rudy Awards

The High School Football Rudy Awards

The High School Football Rudy Awards celebrate outstanding young athletes, not because of their statistical performance, but because of their ability to inspire teammates, classmates, families and communities. This program honors players who demonstrate the exemplary values of football legend Daniel 'Rudy' Ruettiger, inspirational figure of the classic football film RUDY.  Each year we discover, amplify, and celebrate hundreds of football players nationwide who display great character, courage, contribution and commitment.  Players are nominated by coaches, parents and teammates for this prestigious award --- nominate a “Rudy” on your team today!  Click HERE

District Chairpersons Announced

The district committee is composed of all principals of the district, one of who shall serve as chairperson.  The 2011 - 2012 chairpersons list is available HERE.

Throwing Added to Baseball and Softball Pre-season Strength and Conditioning Program

On Wednesday, September 28, 2011 Mr. Kelly Jones and Coach Mark Carroll of Denham Springs High School appeared before the LHSAA Executive Committee to request that throwing to be added to the baseball pre-season strength and conditioning program.  Mr. Jones’ request is as follows: 10.2.1  Pre-season For the two week period prior to practice officially starting, a school is permitted to also throw and condition as part of the strength and conditioning workouts after school.  This throwing is limited to warming up and long toss.  Bullpen workouts and infield/outfield drills are not allowed during these workouts. The Executive Committee approved the request for the 2011-2012 school year only and also extended the request to allow softball to include throwing in… In-service Webinar Update In-service Webinar Update

The LHSAA teammate, has updated their in-service webinar. Please note that these NCAA changes will not affect high school eligibility. The LHSAA accepts any credits approved by the Department of Education. Division 1 and 2 credit recovery rules are now identical: To be used toward initial eligibility, nontraditional courses must meet the following criteria: 1. Courses taught through distance learning, online, credit recovery, etc. need to be comparable in length, content and rigor to courses taught in a traditional classroom setting. Students may not skip lessons or test out of modules. Thou course must be four-year college preparatory. 2. All courses must include ongoing access between the instructor and student, as well as regular interaction for purposes of teaching,…

October Sportsman Of The Month

Every month the LHSAA highlights individuals who go "Beyond the Game" in their communities by exemplifying the core values of sportsmanship. This month, we are excited to honor some of Louisiana's finest at Fontainebleau High School! Congratulations to Fontainebleau Principal, John Vitrano and Athletic Director Dan Conlin, October's LHSAA Sportsman of the month! The following story was sent to the LHSAA by Brother Raymond Bulliard, Principal of St. Paul's High School... "As coaches, we are the teachers of sportsmanship to our athletes. Sportsmanship must be learned. Therefore, sportsmanship must be taught! Coaches should teach their athletes to play with fairness, with courteousness, and gracefully accept the results at the end of the game. Coaches need to display these same characteristics…

Poster Contest & Golden Torch Award

Prep Classic Poster Contest It’s time to design the 2011 LHSAA / Cajun Industries Prep Classic Poster and Program Cover! The LHSAA has been holding this contest since 1984 This is an exciting way the LHSAA is able to recognize and honor high school students with outstanding talent and creative ability. The winner and his or her art teacher will receive free hotel accommodations for one night in New Orleans, free passes to the LHSAA State Farm Prep Classic, a featured article in the Prep Classic souvenir program, $100 from Cajun Industries and will be recognized at the halftime of a 2011 State Championship game.  To qualify, contest entries must be received by the LHSAA office prior to October 21,…

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