Bishops: Haven't 'closed door' on LHSAA, looking at options after select/nonselect schools championships vote _lowres


1. When/where is the special meeting?

11 a.m. Wednesday at the Crowne Plaza.

2. Why is there a special meeting?

To vote on alternatives to a plan approved in January that expands the LHSAA’s select/nonselect playoff split to include boys/girls basketball, baseball and softball. The LHSAA split into nine select/nonselect championships for football in 2013. The total of 12 championships called for in the expanded split leaves small numbers in some playoff groups and puts more than 70 percent of teams in the playoffs in the four sports added.

3. What will be voted on, and when would anything approved go into effect?

Four possible alternatives to the plan passed in January. What happens depends on what proposal passes. Any plan that would require a revised classification process would likely not happen until 2017-18. Any that could, including the plan approved in January, would move forward in 2016-17.

4. Who gets to vote?

Member principals or proxy voters approved by the executive committee during its regular summer meeting set for Monday and Tuesday at the LHSAA office.

5. How many principals must attend to allow a vote?

Under LHSAA bylaws, a quorum would be 25 percent or 99 out of 396 member schools.

6. How will votes be taken?

Authors will make presentations about their proposals. All proposals will be voted on at once, using an electronic voting device. A simple majority of those present is enough to approve a proposal.

If a majority is not reached on the first vote, the proposal receiving the least support will be thrown out and another vote will be taken.

7. Do voters have to vote for an alternative proposal?

No, the option “none of these” also will be included.

8. Will these changes alter all sports?

No. Football, boys/girls basketball, baseball and softball are the sports included.

9. Would these plans divide schools for district play and the playoffs?

No. Schools would continue to play together in district, then split as required by most plans for the playoffs.

10. If a new plan isn’t adopted, what happens?

The plan approved in January would go into effect this fall for 2016-17.

Possible scenarios

The meeting doesn’t attract a quorum and there is no meeting or vote. The LHSAA will implement 12 championships for boys/girls basketball, softball and baseball in 2016-17. Football continues with nine championships.

If no alternate proposal garners enough votes to pass, the LHSAA will implement 12 championships for boys/girls basketball, softball and baseball in 2016-17.

Three of the four alternatives would change how the LHSAA classifies its schools. Should one of those plans pass, the LHSAA would move forward with a plan to implement it, moving toward the fall classification process with an eye toward putting the new plan in place for 2017-18. Should any of those proposals pass, things likely would remain as they’ve been since 2013 with split football championships only. The LHSAA would move forward with its scheduled fall classification process, looking toward putting the plan in place for 2017-18.

The LHSAA’s hybrid plans uses the current classification process and divides the schools based on their status as either rural or metro schools for Classes 3A, 2A and 1A. It could be implemented but is considered to be a long shot.