Ten schools, two in Lafayette, under investigation by LHSAA for starting practice before June 8

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Posted at 8:06 AM, May 28, 2020

Two schools in the Lafayette area are under investigation by the Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA).

The names of the schools have not been released, but the two schools are part of a statewide investigation into ten schools that are suspected of starting practice before the June 8 summer start date.

"These schools were reported to us … we did not go looking for them," LHSAA executive director Eddie Bonine told the Advocate. "They were reported to us by other schools as well as by parents who did not want their kids involved but were told if the child did not come (to workouts), they would be in trouble."

"We were sent pictures and videos. We've sent investigators out. So far, we've spoken with all but one of the administrators in the New Orleans area in that first group of four schools. We also did a drive-by of between nine and 12 schools in the Baton Rouge-Livingston Parish area yesterday (Tuesday) and found nothing going on."

According to the Advocate, the LHSAA sent schools a list of potential sanctions the schools could receive if caught violating the rules, noting that the date change put sports under the LHSAA's jurisdiction until June 8.

The sanctions includes fines, probation or suspension for both schools and coaches. The letter was in response to questions the LHSAA was receving about sanctions schools could receive by practicing early.

Those include fines of $2,500 and probation or suspensions for both schools and coaches.

LHSAA received complants about six schools in the New Orelans area, two in the Lafayette area and two in North Louisiana.

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