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Make Plans to Attend 2014 Coaches Clinic

The Louisiana High School Coaches Association (LHSCA) is a sub-group of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA), and it exists to unite and organize high school coaching endeavors throughout Louisiana. Because coaches play such an important role in the lives of their student-athletes, the LHSAA and the LHSCA want to make sure that its coaches are well prepared for that role in fostering the development of life skills and athletic abilities of our high school youth. That’s why each year the LHSCA hosts an annual coaches’ clinic – it’s at this clinic that our high school coaches can unite and learn more not only about the sport(s) he or she coaches, but also about how to mentor their student-athletes…

2014 Spring Sports State Champions

The Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA) congratulates the following state champions for their hard work and great success this spring season: The 2014 State Bowling Championships were held April 12 at All Star Lanes in Baton Rouge. Vandebilt Catholic defeated Barbe in the final match 23 – 4 to take home the boys’ state title while Albany took home the girls’ state title with a 15 – 12 win against Vandebilt Catholic in the final contest. State softball champions were decided May 2 and 3 in Sulphur at Frasch Park. On the softball diamond, Ouachita Parish secured the Class 5A state championship. They were joined by Hackberry, Florien, Cedar Creek, Oak Grove, John Curtis and St. Thomas More, who…

Stay Linked to the LHSAA

At the Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA), we strive hard to keep our student-athletes and parents informed and connected to our organization. In fact, our Student & Parents section of our website at www.lhsaa.org contains a wealth of information for parents and children alike to keep abreast of the many programs available for our young athletes including scholarship opportunities, awards and more. Parents are typically the most significant and encouraging support group for our students as they mature and develop; therefore, it’s critical that they stay informed of what’s available for their children so that they get the most out of their education-based athletic experiences. The Scholarships and Awards section of the website, which is located under Students &…

Life Lessons Learned From a Losing Season

In Louisiana like in most other states, our high school sport’s season ends with a state championship. In all divisions or classes, this means that each and every team finishes the series with a loss except for one. Although there is a losing team for every winning one and some teams finish their seasons with more losses than wins, all student-athletes should lean a great number of lessons from their experiences – many of which they can carry with them throughout life. Student-athletes from losing teams can acquire a great deal from simply being part of the team by: Learning the priceless lesson of bouncing back from the heartbreak and disappointment of losing a game and to begin the process…

Developing a Social Media Policy for Student-Athletes

I don’t think many people will argue with me when I say that developments in technology have brought about a whole new world of possibilities and have allowed us to become more socially connected with each other than ever before. In fact, most of us have enjoyed the benefits from the development of social media platforms such as the Internet, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, blogging and the like. At the same time, many misuses of these creations have created concern in our schools and communities. Many schools across the country have begun to include a social media policy in their student-athlete codes of conduct which include specific language outlining banned behaviors. To me, this seems appropriate knowing that using communication tools…

Increasing Participation in Your Athletic Program

The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) and the Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA) believe that one of the main goals of education-based athletic programs should be to increase the growth and development of young people as overall success should not be based upon wins or state titles, but gaining the wisdom of life-long principles and qualities. At the LHSAA, we feel that because belonging to a team or club provides young people with this great educational opportunity, it should be the goal of every administrator or principal to have the greatest participation rate possible. This may mean that your program has to offer as many teams as possible at the class/division level of competition to include…

The Role of the NFHS & State Associations

The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) has the led the development of education-based (or interscholastic) sports and activities that help students succeed in their lives. Since 1920, it has set directions for the future by building awareness and support, improving the participation experience of student-athletes, establishing consistent standards and rules for competition and helping those who oversee high school sports and activities. From its offices in Indianapolis, the NFHS serves its 50 member state high school athletic/activity associations as well as the District of Columbia. The governing organization publishes rules in 16 sports for boys’ and girls’ competition and administers fine arts programs in speech, theater, debate and music. It also provides a variety of program initiatives…

Collegiate Recruitment of Student-Athletes

At the Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA), we want to provide direction for those of our student-athletes who are journeying on to the next level: the collegiate athletic stage. We understand the recruitment process can be stressful and frightening; therefore, we want to assure that our student-athletes and their families are as informed as possible regarding the recruitment process so that the transition into the collegiate arena is as smooth as possible. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is the governing organization that oversees college level student-athletes (approximately 400,000) at more than 1,000 colleges and universities. The NCAA is made up of three membership classifications known as Divisions I, II and III, and each division creates its own rules…

The LHSCA All-Star Games

Each year, the Louisiana High School Coaches Association (LHSCA) hosts high school all-star games, which allows senior student-athletes to play in their respective sports’ final game of the season. In order to be eligible to compete in an all-star game, student-athletes must be nominated by a coach who is an active member of the LHSCA, and they must be set to graduate at the end of the current school year. The sports of volleyball, football, basketball, softball, baseball and soccer all embrace all-star games, and the official sponsor of the all-star series is Louisiana Coca Cola Bottlers. Traditionally, all-star games move around the state to further display our senior student-athletes’ talents. Senior athletes are submitted for their individual sports and…

2014 Winter Sports State Champions

One of the best parts about high school sports is that it never ends during the school year. High school athletic events take place about nine months out of the year and pick up almost immediately once another sport ends its season. Our winter sports have just completed a very successful season. Allow me to wrap up the results of the many sports that took place this winter including indoor track, wrestling, soccer, basketball and powerlifting. Indoor Track Our indoor track team championships took place on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014 and concluded with Baton Rouge Magnet High School coming out on top of the girls’ Division I championships, and Hamilton Christian Academy was the victor of Division II for the…

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