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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…

Hall of Fame Banquet Moved to Thursday, Jan. 30 at 6:30 p.m.

BATON ROUGE, LA (Jan. 29, 2014) -- The Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA) announced today that it has moved its Hall of Fame Banquet to Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Baton Rouge, La. The banquet was originally scheduled to take place today, Jan. 29, with a luncheon also scheduled. Due to icy and hazardous road conditions in Louisiana, the luncheon has been cancelled, and the banquet has been postponed until Thursday evening. For more information about the Hall of Fame banquet or to view a list of this year's inductees, please visit the Hall of Fame section of the LHSAA website at www.LHSAA.org. About the LHSAA The LHSAA is a private…

LHSAA Announces Episcopal Boys’ Cross Country Coach Duplechin Named 2013 NFHS Coach of the Year

BATON ROUGE, LA (Jan. 27, 2014) — The Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA) announced recently that Episcopal High School’s Track & Field Coach, Claney Duplechin, has recently received a top, national award from the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS).  The award names Coach Duplechin the 2013 National Coach of Year in the LHSAA’s sanctioned sport of boys’ cross country. NFHS coaches of the year are selected based on criteria of the candidate’s career coaching record, community service, involvement in other school activities, involvement in his or her profession at the local, state and national awards and the candidate’s basic philosophy of athletics. “We are extremely proud of Coach Duplechin’s national achievement, and we are honored to…

FOX Sports New Orleans Announces 2013 LHSAA-State Farm Prep Classic Television Coverage

Tape-Delayed Broadcasts Set For All State Championship Games FOX Sports New Orleans, the exclusive television home of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA), will provide tape-delayed coverage of the 2013 State Farm Prep Classic from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. All nine state championship football games played on Thursday, Dec. 12, Friday, Dec. 13 and Saturday, Dec. 14 will be televised on tape-delay on FOX Sports New Orleans. The tape-delayed telecasts begin on Sunday, Dec. 22 and are scheduled through January. Jeff Palermo (play-by-play), Rene Nadeau (analyst) and Erin Cofiell (sideline reporter) will call the 5A, 4A, 3A and Division III title games. Lyn Rollins (play-by-play), Greg Bowser (analyst) and Cofiell will be on the call for the…

LHSAA Extends Corporate Partnership With NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

BATON ROUGE, LA (Dec. 9, 2013) — The Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA) announced last week that it has extended its relationship with NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune, who will serve as presenting sponsor for the 2013 LHSAA-State Farm Prep Classic. The LHSAA-State Farm Prep Classic presented by NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune, otherwise known as the state football championships, is scheduled for Dec. 12 – 14, 2013 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La. NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune has current sponsorship ties to the LHSAA in various New Orleans and Baton Rouge area state championship events. “With NOLA.com | The Times Picayune serving as our presenting sponsor, this only extends the current corporate support the LHSAA receives from NOLA.com…

East-West All Star Football Game Set for Dec. 21

BATON ROUGE, LA (Dec. 9, 2013) -- The Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA) in conjunction with the Louisiana High School Coaches Association (LHSCA) and the Louisiana Football Coaches Association (LFCA) announced recently that the East-West All Star Football Game will be held Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. at Independence Stadium in Shreveport, La. For the past nine years, the LHSCA and the LFCA have hosted the Bayou Bowl in conjunction with their Texas counterparts to feature an all-star game between some of the best high school football players of both states. Due to sponsorship issues, Texas is no longer able to participate, and the bowl has been disbanded. With the return of the East-West All-Star Football Game,…

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