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LHSAA "fully committed" to fall sports, executive director says

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Posted at 5:02 PM, Jul 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-08 19:16:27-04

Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA) Executive Director Eddie Bonine released a statement on Wednesday emphasizing that the association is "fully committed" to fall sports.

"Now, more than ever, we are reminded that our communities need high school sports," Bonine said. He added that competition supports the physical, emotional, and mental well-being of student-athletes across Louisiana.

Bonine said the LHSAA is fully committed to the safe return of high school athletics this fall semester.

He encouraged member schools to follow LHSAA guidelines to ensure the safety of student athletes, coaches, and administrators.

Monday, State Senator and Education Committee Chairman Cleo Fields called on education leaders to suspend fall sports because of the pandemic.

Fields said the issue is "much too critical" to leave decisions regarding fall sports in the hands of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA), which is a private entity.

"It is our responsibility to ensure that the health and safety of our children is placed above any athletic endeavor at any time or place," Fields said.

While the LHSAA can make recommendations on whether or not fall sports continue, it is up to each parish/school to make that decision for their programs.

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