Louisiana High School Athletic Association member principals voted to approve one of three classification-related proposals at its annual convention on Friday at the Crowne Plaza.
Principals voted by a 158 to 125 margin to allow schools to play above their enrollment-based class by one classification. A similar proposal failed by seven votes a year ago.
Two other major classification proposals were discussed, but were ultimately tabled for one year.
The first classification proposal tabled came from South Beauregard High Principal Marlin Ramsey. It would have divided schools into separate divisions for the playoffs in all sports based on whether schools were non-select (traditional public schools) or select (private, magnet, charter, dual curriculum, lab schools). The vote was 146-122.
Then, the 304 principals present at the general business meeting voted to table the LSHAA-based proposal from Executive Director Kenny Henderson that would have classified football schools in five divisions, much like the current five-class football system. Schools would then be classified in six classes for all other sports. The vote to table was 143-126.
Approval of the “playing up” proposal by Jesuit-New Orleans Principal Michael Giambelluca will give schools the chance to play above their enrollment-based classification for the first time since 2004. It was the fourth time that Giambelluca had submitted a playing up proposal since the rule was changed prior to the 2005-06 season.