Plans for Wednesday’s special-called meeting and year-end reports were among the major topics at the LHSAA’s summer meeting. There also were a few other items of note.
The LHSAA executive committee revisited the debate about what constitutes an activity that counts against the three-hours-a-day practice limit and will inform schools that any sports-specific activity, such as running plays or any form of scrimmage, will count against the three-hour limit even if its done during a physical education class.
The committee voted to strike down a swimming proposal passed in January that would average state qualifying times in all four divisions to yield new time standards.
Ascension Episcopal coach Colleen Barczyk said averaging the times would ultimately take away too many competitors from Division IV. Barczyk sought an amendment that would restore the usual number of qualifiers in Division IV.
Meet director Janice Roth cited concerns about adding too many competitors to the Division I meet. Both discussions prompted the vote.
Executive committee members were told $365,000 was raised from membership fees last year. Schools also paid into the $100,000 arbitration fund.
Zachary will host the statewide football camp for officials this summer.
Meetings to classify LHSAA schools in basic districts for 2017-18 and 2018-19 are set for Nov. 2, Nov. 28 and Dec. 14.
The Advocate sports staff has an football questionnaire on its website for coaches to fill out as we prepare for the fall season. The link is http://theadvocate.com/sports/preps/.
Look to a series of items in a box on the left side of the page. Scroll down and click on football questionnaire to begin filling out the online form. A form that can be printed out and filled out by hand/computer will be added.
Our staff also will mail out forms to schools in all our coverage areas in the days ahead. The deadline to submit a question is July 30.
Valdez’s women’s camp
Robert Valdez has always had a tendency to think outside the box. The first-year St. James football coach is turning one idea into a fundraiser.
Instead of hosting a youth camp or a satellite camp, Valdez and St. James will host the first Wildcat Women’s Camp from 8-11 a.m. June 25 at the school’s football stadium. Cost is $35 per person.
The ladies who sign up will go through a series of offensive and defensive drills. They’ll get to see what it’s like to play quarterback, running receiver and offensive line. They’ll learn how to block and tackle, though they won’t execute those skills.
Funds raised will help St. James buy gear to be worn during October to highlight breast cancer awareness month.
Zachary is accepting applications for a teacher/head softball coach. Apply online at www.zacharyschools.org.
The Broncos finished as the Class 5A runner-up in the spring. Leslie Efferson-Yellott accepted the head softball job at Denham Springs last month.
Central Private seeks an assistant football and assistant basketball coach. History certification is preferred. Contact Athletic Director Joey Sanchez at firstname.lastname@example.org
Former St. John-Plaquemine football coach Crickett Crockett and longtime Donaldsonville assistant Jay Dykes are moving to different schools in the same parishes.
Crockett, who spent eight years at St. John, also served as head coach there. At Plaquemine, he’ll be an assistant football/softball coach. Two other former St. John coaches, head coach Paul Distefano and offensive coordinator Erik Willis, are among the former St. John coaches at Plaquemine.
Dykes moves to St. Amant, where he’ll be an assistant coach for football and baseball. He spent 21 years at DHS.
Coomes nets honor
Former Catholic High player Nick Coomes of LSU-Eunice earned NJCAA Division II second-team All-America honors. Coomes, a third baseman/catcher, hit .359 with 13 home runs and 82 RBIs in 57 games. He’s set to play at LSU next spring.