Three Caddo Parish schools are set to appeal Louisiana High School Athletic Association playoff bans in a variety of sports Wednesday.
The appeal for C.E. Byrd, Huntington and Southwood is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. at the LHSAA office. The media and the public will not be allowed in the room for the hearing, but spokespersons are supposed to be available afterwards for comment, according to an LHSAA news release.
All three schools are appealing playoff bans based on the fact that each had student/athletes enrolled in two athletic physical education classes per day.
An LHSAA rule stipulates that if student/athletes are found to be part of two athletic P.E. classes a day, the sport they’re participating in is automatically barred from the post season.
The ruling issued last Friday stated that the LHSAA was still in the process of compiling a list of sports impacted by the ruling. The Byrd football team, ranked eighth in the LSWA’s Class 5A poll, is reported to be on that list, along with the girls basketball program at traditional power Southwood.
Caddo Parish officials argue that a move from a block schedule to a traditional seven-class schedule prompted the conflict with the LHSAA’s rules.
The decision will have an immediate impact on the Byrd volleyball team, which was placed on the Division I playoff bracket as the No. 24 seed on Monday. LHSAA assistant executive director Rhona Blanford-Green said the Yellow Jackets were placed on the bracket pending “Due process.”
No Baton Rouge area football teams have asked to move their games up to Thursday because of weather-related concerns, said Marlon Harrison, Baton Rouge Area Football Officials Association assignment secretary.
Several schools in the Monroe area announced their plans to move Week 10 games to Thursday, citing the threat of severe thunderstorms.
On Tuesday, two games involving St. Mary Parish teams were also moved to Thursday. Morgan City at Assumption and Patterson at Franklin were the latest games moved, citing weather concerns.