LHSAA votes for special meeting of principals to discuss playoff format

LHSAA votes for special meeting of principals to discuss playoff format - 10 p.m.

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - High school athletes and parents will have to wait a litter longer to see if the playoff system changes again.

The Executive Committee of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA) voted Thursday to have a special meeting of school principals later in the year to discuss the playoff format of football, basketball, baseball and softball.

The playoffs for those sports are currently divided into two brackets with one for public schools and another for private schools.

Football was divided into that format three years ago. Principals voted this year to extend the split for basketball, baseball and softball starting next school year.

Some principals and coaches have expressed concerns about the schedule and the balance of competition.

Victor Bonnaffee, the president of LHSAA's Executive Committee, said everyone is looking out for their best interests.

"The number one issue being individualism," Bonnaffee said. "People are more concerned with their individual school, their individual outcome, and where they stand, sometimes in relationship to the whole entire organization and how the organization should have its playoffs."

Bonnaffee said the committee is exploring a hybrid plan that would divide schools based on census data.

No word on when the principals will meet to find a compromise.

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