New LHSAA eligibility requirements worth noting


The rules under which a high school student acquires and retains eligibility to participate in athletics under the auspices of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association are stringent. And more often than not, they are tweaked in the never-ending quest to attain a “level playing field.”

The nearly 400 principals in January made a few significant alterations which LHSAA executive director Kenny Henderson featured in his latest commentary on the association’s Website (www.lhsaa.org).

Parents should be aware of three changes that will impact Louisiana’s student-athletes. And if they have any doubts, parents of prospective athletes should get clarification from the school of their choice to avoid having to stand before the LHSAA Hardship Committee, which rarely reverses an appeal.

Civil Parish Boundary Line: The civil parish boundary line shall serve as the “athletic attendance zone.” This will enable students to have their choice of any member school in the parish and be immediately eligible for education-based athletic participation at any level of play in any sport upon entering a member school in their respective parish for the first time.

School Transfers: A student shall be considered a transfer student once he or she establishes a school of first choice and chooses to change attendance to another school. The student will be required to sit out a full year unless it is an approved administrative transfer, a transfer from a non-member school or a bonafide move into another parish.

Students in Eighth Grade and Below: Beginning with the 2014-15 school year, under no circumstances shall any student below grade seven be allowed to participate in any LHSAA sport at any level. Note: The LHSAA does not have oversight of junior high athletics. This change was a recommendation from the LHSAA Sports Medicine Advisory Committee based on safety considerations of younger pre-teen students participating against older teenagers. Once a seventh- or eighth-grade student at a member school is registered and submitted on the LHSAA student registration website, the student has established eligibility at the member school and has made his or her school of first choice.

Perfection at the right time
My hat is bowed to 15-year-old Holy Rosary School freshman Alex Dupuy. And my prayers are with him.
The young lad is one of the bravest individuals I have come across. Alex is fighting to regain his health as he was scheduled to have surgery to remove a cancerous spot on his tongue on Feb. 21 at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

You wouldn’t have known it last week when Dupuy capped an 800 series by bowling scores of 257 and 258, then topping the series off with a perfect 300 in a match against Archbishop Rummel.

The series, shot at AMF All-Star Lanes in Kenner, was the highest score ever bowled by a local prep athlete since the LHSAA sanctioned bowling as a championship sport.

We will keep tabs on Dupuy’s recovery upon his return to school.

Making tracks
More outstanding times and distances were turned in by local Catholic school athletes competing in the Feb. 15 Last Chance qualifier indoor track and field meet at LSU.

St. Mary Academy’s Katerra Harris won the 400- and 800-meter races in 58.48 and 2:22.10 seconds, respectively, to qualify for the Feb. 22 LHSAA State Indoor Meet at LSU.

St. Paul’s Zachary Albright also scored a double by winning the 800-meter run in 1:58.83 and 3,200-meter run in 9:24.12.

His St. Paul’s teammate, Eric Coston, coasted to a win in the 1,600 in 4:26.56.

Second- place finishes went to Archbishop Rummel’s Justin Tannehill, long jump; Mount Carmel’s Lauren Torsch, pole vault; Drexel Prep’s Layla Anderson, shotput; Sacred Heart’s Madeline Kling, 3,200-meter run; and the relay teams at St. Scholastica (3,200) and Rummel (1,600).

Ron Brocato can be reached at rbrocato@clarionherald.org.

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