LHSAA sets date for special meeting of principals to discuss playoff format

LHSAA sets date for special meeting of principals to discuss playoff format

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - LHSAA has set a date for the discussion of a compromise to the playoff split that has divided high school sports in the state.

The meeting of LHSAA member principals will be held June 8, starting at 11 a.m., at the Crown Plaza in Baton Rouge. It will take place the day after the LHSAA Executive Committee Summer meeting on June 6 and June 7.

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

The compromise plan would reduce football championships from nine to eight and reduce championships in basketball, baseball and softball from 12 to nine.

The playoffs for all of 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.

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