Caddo Parish schools get reprieve, will not receive playoff bans _lowres


11:24 a.m.: Executive session ends. Waiting to see what is said about arbitration. Vic Bonnaffee makes a motion that schools comply with SB 633, the law requiring third-party arbitration for eligibility, it passes. Also a motion that executive committee wishes there be no added division of the LHSAA. There’s also a motion saying the executive committee wants to see no additional split of association that passes. Meeting over.

10:54 a.m.: Doyle’s Tommy Hodges and Mickey Merritt of West Ouachita nomiunated for Vice President of LHSAA. Merritt selected.

10:50 a.m.: Committee asks Louisiana Pediatric Cardiology Foundation to make presentation advocating statewide screening for student-athletes to its sports medicine advisory board on July 16.

10:35 a.m.: LHSAA approves paying $6,500 for powerlifting trophies.

10:21 a.m.: The cost of winning? LHSAA Executive Director Kenny Henderson tells the committee that each set of its state champion and runner-up trophies runs about $500. There you have it. LHSAA budgets $65,000 a year for championship trophies.

10:19 a.m.: LHSAA Executive Committee approves state powerlifting at four sites.

10:11 a.m.: Episcopal’s Steve Baronich speaks on behalf Powerlifting Coaches Association. Baronich recommends split the LHSAA State meet into four sites because of the growth of the sport. Baronich says Episcopal set to host Division IV. Other sites will be Church Point for Division III, Tioga for Division II and Alexandria Senior High for Division I.

10 a.m.: VP Vic Bonnaffee of Central Catholic makes a motion to adopt Heads Up program pending approval of football coaches and LHSAA’s medical advisory board and it passes.

9:55 a.m.: Committee hears presentation on USA Football’s Heads Up Football from the New Orleans Saints. It’s an NFL initiative to teach safety measures. Loranger coach Sam Messina of the LHSCA asks if a presentation can be made during the LHSCA Coaches Clinic next month. Messina says it may be more of an individual choice.

Cost would be $25 per school and one coach would be trained on newest safety measures for tackling, etc.

9:29 a.m.: International High School of New Orleans approved for membership in 2014-15. School is housed in the site of the old Rabouin High.

9:22 a.m.: Executive committee goes into executive session.

9:07 a.m.: Capitol’s new head football coach, ex-Pointe Coupee Central coach Cleotha Johnigan Jr., is part of the group representing the school in front of LHSAA group.

9:05 a.m.: The LHSAA State Golf tournaments will be held at three Lafayette courses — Oakbourne, The Wetlands and The Farm.

8:32 a.m.: Executive committee passes a variation of what the appeals role of the committee is when reviewing decisions made by the executive director. First criteria is to determine if Executive Director interpreted the rule correctly. Second, is to determine if ED applied the rule correctly and third, to determine if ED correctly interpreted the constitution and bylaws of the LHSAA and if not made his own interpretation.

8:28 a.m.: Committee approves Capitol High request to now be know as Capitol Charter and managed by Friendly Public Charter group.

8:25 a.m.: Committee selects Lafayette as the host site for boys/grls state golf tournament for the 2015 and 2016. Lafayette will play tourneys on three courses, much like Shreveport did. Organizers will offer a social/meal on Monday which will help defray costs of meals for teams.

8:21 a.m.: There are bids for Shreveport, Alexandria, Lafayette and Marksville for state golf tourneys. 8:17 a.m.: Sulphur Parks awarded the state softball tourney for four years. LHSAA Executive Director calls the long time site a “destination.” Sulphur asked for a two-year bid, committee decided to go with four years. No other site submitted a request to host softball.

8:09 a.m.: Appeal of 19-year-old rule for Destrehan’s O’Neil Legendre IV with father pointing out his son is 5-11, 140 pounds. NOTE: LHSAA President Todd Guice notes that committee members are looking at documentation on ipads, etc., and that they are not ignoring the group appealing. This was an issue during the Episcopal appeal for Clement Mubungirwa.

Appeal is denied with no discussion. Guice wishes the student well and notes that this rule (19-year-old elgibility) is not one that the committee has waived.