LHSAA, Advisory Committee mull options before Bonine briefs House Committee on Monday

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The LHSAA football advisory committee convened Thursday afternoon to discuss plans on how to try to ensure that high school athletics will take place in the 2020-21 school year.

The select football championships are slated for Dec. 4-5 at sites to be determined while the non select championships are currently set for Dec. 11-12 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

LHSAA Executive Director Eddie Bonine confirmed to CrescentCitySports.com Thursday evening that there is flexibility to play in the Superdome after Christmas, even possibly in January if the season would be pushed back a few weeks, which remains a possibility.

The New Orleans Saints play on Christmas Day at home, which is a Friday. The Saints are on the road in the first week of January. The Allstate Sugar Bowl is set for January 1 in the Superdome. If and when the Saints season ends, the Superdome turf will be pulled up and the playing field would not be available after such time.

Governor John Bel Edwards will make his latest decision on the state on July 20. With numbers accelerating regarding COVID-19 in the last several days, the chance of advancing to Phase 3 would appear unlikely, at this point.

Phase 3 guidelines would make football impossible to take place because it prevents contact.

It is precisely the Phase aspect and where Louisiana is that will determine when a season begins.

Bonine has been asked to brief the House Committee on Education Monday regarding the current status of the LHSAA as it pertains to the 2020-21 school year for athletics.

State representative Ray Garofalo Jr., chairs the House Committee. He crafted a letter Wednesday signed by 62 state representatives that addressed the heads of the BESE Board, the Department of Education and Bonine endorsing a return to school and athletics in the fall. The letter cited child health, wellness and development in school attendance and sports participation.

Bonine issued a positive statement on Wednesday, saying the LHSAA was fully committed to a safe return to athletics in the fall as scheduled.

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