Walk-up music for the batters of the home team is a regular part of baseball and softball from youth leagues to the college and professional ranks. But it won’t be for Louisiana’s high school teams, according to the LHSAA.
The LHSAA informed its schools last week that it is prohibiting walk-up music for the remainder of the regular season and the postseason in both sports based on complaints about the content of the songs used by some schools.
“(LHSAA Executive Director Eddie Bonine) as grown weary of the complaints regarding the explicit content of music,” LHSAA media coordinator Jacob Doyle said in a text. “Until member schools screen their music and guarantee a family environment, which should be promoted, walk-up music will not be permitted.”
By the end of last week some local coaches said they had not seen the memo. Others, including Zachary baseball coach Jesse Cassard, had
“It really doesn’t matter to me one way or the other,” Cassard said. “We’ve stopped doing it, but I know other schools do and they like doing it.
“Obviously, you need to screen the music played. But this raises some other questions. Who enforces this? And what about playing music in between innings or when a coach visits the mound? What happens with that?”
Services set for Hawkins
Funeral services for longtime Southern Lab boys basketball coach Joel Hawkins are set for 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Greater Vision Community Church in Killeen, Texas.
The viewing is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. at the church located at 2000 East Stan Schlueter Loop in Killen.
Athlete of the Year nominations
The Advocate is accepting Athletes of the Year nominations from schools in the Baton Rouge area. Schools can nominate boys and girls in grades 10 to 12 who are on track to meet the NCAA’s academic qualifying standards. Schools should submit a complete list of their athlete’s accomplishments in 2015-16 in all sports, including statistics, postseason honors, etc.
This is not a sports-specific award. In addition to selecting a top overall athlete for boys and girls, The Advocate sports staff also will select the Star of Stars in 15 different sports.
Nominations can be faxed to Robin Fambrough at (225) 388-0318 or submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline is May 4.
Nominations from sources not affiliated with a school will not be accepted. Email Fambrough with any questions about the nomination process.
Brusly benefit Monday
When the Brusly softball team hosts East Ascension at 6 p.m. Monday the proceeds will go to the Sylvaine Finck Lozada scholarship fund.
Lozada, a teacher at Brusly, disappeared during the summer of 2011, and foul play was suspected. Two years ago, the school started at scholarship fund in Lozada’s name and each spring a scholarship is awarded to a Brusly High senior.