LHSAA committed to fall sports

Will there be a high school football season this fall? If so, when will it begin? Will there be any restrictions involved? These questions and more were bantered recently byt the Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA) who came away saying they are fully committed to fall sports taking place.

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

“Now, more than ever, we are reminded that our communities need high school sports,” said Bonine.  “Interscholastic competition supports the physical, emotional and mental well-being of student-athletes across Louisiana.”

It was stressed by Bonine that the football season 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.

An update will be provided following a meeting Bonine has with the state legislature and with the Governor where he is expected to learn which phase the state is moving to. Most believe that Phase Two will likely be extended for at least 21 days due to the high number of cases across the state.

Should the fall season get pushed back to mid-September for football, there would still be options concerning openings to play state title games in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Those dates would fall shortly after Christmas around the second or third week in January.

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