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LHSAA Executive Director Mutually Agrees to Step Down

Baton Rouge, LA (October 23, 2014)  -- The LHSAA Executive Committee and its Executive Director, Kenny Henderson, have mutually agreed that it is in the best interest of the association and Mr. Henderson to sever their relationship, effective October 24, 2014.  The Executive Committee wishes to express its appreciation to Mr. Henderson for his dedicated service over the last seven years, the improvements made during his term as Executive Director, and his efforts in meeting the many challenges which have been faced by the LHSAA during that period. The Executive Committee will immediately begin the process of searching for a new Executive Director.  A committee has been formed to initiate that process, which will be chaired by Mr. Todd Guice,…

Gill Athletics Announced as NFHS Corporate Partner

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (October 1, 2014) — Gill Athletics, the oldest and largest manufacturer of track and field equipment in the United States and around the world, has entered into a three-year agreement with the National Federation of State High School Associations as an NFHS Corporate Partner. As a part of the agreement, Gill Athletics, based in Champaign, Illinois, will be the exclusive NFHS partner for track and field, which will include coverage in the sport’s rules book, case book, rules poster, scorebook and rules PowerPoint.  “We are pleased to have Gill Athletics join the NFHS as a corporate partner and to be our exclusive sponsor of track and field,” said Bob Gardner, NFHS executive director. “In the high school market,…

LHSAA Renews Partnership with New Orleans Saints for High School Football Game of the Week Program

BATON ROUGE, LA (June 3, 2014) — The Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA) announced recently that it has renewed its partnership with the New Orleans Saints, who will again be recognized  as the title sponsor for its 2014 New Orleans Saints – LHSAA Game of the Week program. “The 2014 football season marks the seventh consecutive year that the LHSAA has teamed up with the New Orleans Saints for our high school football Game of the Week program,” said Kenny Henderson, LHSAA executive director. “This year, 15 teams who have never before been featured in our schedule of high school football matchups will be showcased on the Thursday night program. As always, we try to offer to our high…

Allstate Sugar Bowl To Sponsor Louisiana High School Athletic Association Championships

NEW ORLEANS (May 22, 2014) – The Allstate Sugar Bowl, one of the premier college football bowl games in the country, is taking on title sponsorship of the championships held by the Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA) beginning with the 2014‐15 academic year. The partnership between two of the oldest and most prominent amateur athletic organizations in the state was announced at a Thursday press conference in the Mercedes‐Benz Superdome. “The LHSAA is very excited to partner with the Allstate Sugar Bowl in our high school state championship event series for the next six years,” said Kenny Henderson, LHSAA executive director. “We are sincerely appreciative of the bowl’s unprecedented contribution to our organization and thank them for their title…

Class 3A State Baseball Playoff Bracket Update

The LHSAA has been enjoined by the 19th Judicial District Court from prohibiting Livonia High School from participating in the LHSAA 3A baseball playoffs and has ordered the executive director to place Livonia High School back into the playoff bracket in the way he determines to be the most reasonable. The order does not affect any other aspect of the LHSAA’s eligibility ruling involving the student at Livonia High School.  Therefore, Livonia High School shall play Kaplan High School on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at Kaplan High School. The winner of the game will advance to play Evangel High School in the first round of the 3A baseball playoffs in Shreveport on Monday, May 5, 2014. The winner of the…

NFL Great Ray Lewis to Headline LSU Football Coaches Clinic

BATON ROUGE – Former NFL great and current ESPN analyst Ray Lewis will be the headline speaker at this year’s LSU Football Coaches Clinic, which will be held at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center on March 27-29, head coach Les Miles announced on Wednesday. Lewis, a future NFL Hall of Famer, is considered one of the best linebackers to ever play the game as he finished his pro career with two Super Bowl titles and 13 Pro Bowl appearances. He was also named NFL Defensive Player of the Year three times. “We are extremely honored and excited to have one of the all-time great football players in Ray Lewis serve as the featured speaker at this year’s clinic,” Miles said.…

USA Gymnastics, NFHS Join Forces to Expand Boys High School Gymnastics

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (February 23, 2014) — The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) and USA Gymnastics, the national governing body for gymnastics in the United States, are joining forces to expand boys high school gymnastics opportunities across the country. To complement the existing state high school gymnastics programs, USA Gymnastics is activating its national network to create a state championships framework that works in concert with local high schools, school districts and state associations. “School budgets are growing tighter and tighter, and we want to help supplement the available athletic offerings,” said Steve Penny, president of USA Gymnastics. “Gymnastics is a sport that helps student-athletes learn the importance of sportsmanship, self-discipline, dedication and commitment. Participation in high school…

“Targeting” Defined in High School Football In Effort to Reduce Risk of Injury

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (February 13, 2014) — In an effort to reduce contact above the shoulders and lessen the risk of injury in high school football, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Football Rules Committee developed a definition for “targeting,” which will be penalized as illegal personal contact. The definition of targeting and its related penalty were two of 10 rules changes approved by the rules committee at its January 24-26 meeting in Indianapolis. All rules changes were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors. Effective with the 2014 high school season, new Rule 2-43 will read as follows: “Targeting is an act of taking aim and initiating contact to an opponent above the shoulders with the…

2014-15 Soccer Rules Changes Include Requirement for Goalkeepers to Leave Field When Injured

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (February 13, 2014) — The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Soccer Rules Committee approved two rules changes during its January 27-29 meeting in Indianapolis. The recommended rules changes were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors. The committee approved a requirement that a goalkeeper must leave the field when he/she is injured and the referee has stopped the clock. This decision was made in order to minimize the risk of further injury. Previously, an injured field player was required to leave the field of play when the referee stopped the clock, but an injured goalkeeper was not. Now, according to Rule 3-3-2, both the field player and goalkeeper must leave the field. Additionally, the…

2014 Volleyball Rules Changes Include Clarification of School Logo to Solid-Colored Jersey Sleeve

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (February 4, 2014) — The NFHS Volleyball Rules Committee approved four rules changes during its January 6-8 meeting in Indianapolis. The recommended rules changes were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors. With a mind toward school spirit, the committee approved the addition of a school name or mascot reference to be placed on the sleeve(s) of solid-colored jerseys, providing it appears in either 4-by-4 inch or 3-by-5 inch space. The solid-colored jersey, as specified in Rule 4-2-2 Note, is required in 2016 but is currently permitted. “Schools are wanting to put a mascot or [the high school’s abbreviation] on the sleeves of the solid-colored jerseys,” said Becky Oakes, NFHS director of sports and liaison to the…

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