Louisiana volleyball, football championship attendance limited while plans still evolve for basketball, wrestling

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Eddie Bonine, Executive Director of the LHSAA, stated Tuesday that the LHSAA state volleyball championships will have a maximum crowd of 750 allowed for each day this Thursday through Saturday at the Pontchartrain Center in a facility that can normally accommodate just over 3,000.

“We were approved to have three nets with three matches going on at the same time as usual,” Bonine said. “We have to clear the building after sessions and sanitize the building.”

The Louisiana Basketball Coaches Association hierarchy did a presentation Tuesday to the LHSAA on what they would like to see with the upcoming season’s playoffs.

“It’s not going to be a wait-and-see,” Bonine said. “We’ll get to it quicker than that. We’re learning from football. We’ll be able to implement some of that stuff in basketball. In the small confines, there is more chance for COVID. Adhering to the social distancing, the capacity of the indoor facilities, cheerleaders on the baselines. A lot of stuff changes for basketball.”

Then, Bonine addressed another sport that got underway over a week ago.

“Think about wrestling for a minute,” Bonine said. “How’s that going to partner up with COVID? How is that going to work? Who’s testing? How are they testing. Talk about some intimacy, rolling around. There’s a lot of things that go on with wrestling. We’ve got to take that into consideration as well.”

Bonine also confirmed that all nine state football finals are still set for Dec. 26-28 in New Orleans.

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