LHSAA: Louisiana needs to be in Phase 4 for high school school football

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July 14, 2020 - 8:23 am

For high school football to happen, Louisiana will need to reach Phase 4. That’s according to LHSAA Executive Director Eddie Bonine who appeared before the House Education Committee. Rosepine Representative Charles Owen says the stark reality is that Louisiana must do a better job at mitigating the coronavirus spread.

“I’m sure Friday Night Lights, Louisiana is not a lot different from Texas, once word gets out, maybe this will motivate some people to start moving in another direction,” said Owen.

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The state is currently is stuck in phase two, after reporting 17-hundred new cases on Monday. Bonine was asked during the committee meeting about the potential of flipping spring and fall sports, so football can be played in 2021.

“There’s been a couple of proposals submitted to do so, but that’s not our first option, we are going to do what we can to try and get the seasons in as they are assigned presently,” said Bonine.

According to the LHSAA guidelines, the only two sports that can compete against other schools in Phase Two are cross country and swimming. Basketball, soccer, and wrestling all need to be in phase four too. Volleyball can hold competitive matches in phase three. Bonine says if some athletic events are able to proceed, they might do so without fans, but that creates other problems.

“Not all schools are able in their general fund budget to put the money necessary to pay officials and a lot of times those gate receipts from those respective schools pay those officials, how do you expect us to pay officials if you’re not allowing anyone to through the gate,” said Bonine.

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