LHSAA adds baseball, softball and basketball to split playoffs
BATON ROUGE – After a special June meeting, nothing will change regarding the LHSAAsplit playoffs system.
LHSAA said 306 principals voted, and 56.5 percent wanted to keep the organization in split playoffs for football, baseball, softball, and basketball.
Football was split in January 2013. Earlier this year principals voted to expand that system to include the other three sports.
And to be clear, this vote not only keeps the split football, but adds baseball, softball, boys and girls hoops pic.twitter.com/Orkz7VX7t3— Chris Price (@cpricesports) June 8, 2016
Some principals believe LHSAA is going "the wrong way."
Mandeville principals Bruce Bundy's proposal aimed to bring playoffs systems together in some way.
“Girls sports will be decimated,” said John Curtis Principal JT Curtis. He noted that select school brackets would be seven teams in softball.
Select and non select will remain split for postseason high school football pic.twitter.com/efteDgVOzh— Chris Price (@cpricesports) June 8, 2016
Director Eddie Bonine was “worried” that as many as 120 private and parochial schools would leave the organization. Bonine said that such a departure would cost the LHSAA approximately $1 million of its $4.4 million budget.
Bonine, Bundy, and Curtis all said that the possibility of future legislative action is possible. A vote to end the split failed this spring in the Louisiana House of Representatives.