The mission of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association is to serve its member schools by providing unified and equitable administrative leadership within the realm of education-based athletics, founded on core values that foster the ideals of respect, responsibility, citizenship, and academic development for our student-athletes. The LHSAA strives to fortify the integrity of its member schools, across the state, by promoting the concepts of sportsmanship, integrity, excellence in academics and life-long values as the principle foundations of Louisiana athletics.
At the annual convention in 2013, the LHSAA membership defined the post-season format for football only and membership also defined what it meant to be a select school or a non-select school. Non-select schools play in post-season classes, while select schools compete in divisions in the postseason.
Select schools were defined as all non-public/private schools, university lab schools, along with full magnet, dual curriculum, and some charter schools.
The 2013 vote for the football postseason allowed select and non-select schools to compete against each other in the regular season but not against one another in any type of postseason play, including playoffs and championships. This postseason format is still in effect today.
At the annual convention in 2016, the LHSAA membership voted to also split in the sports of girls’ and boys’ basketball, softball and baseball - which meant that these sports would also follow the same postseason format as football.
At the Annual Convention in 2019, the LHSAA membership passed a proposal submitted by select school representatives for select schools to host separate championships. The proposal that was submitted and passed stated that in the sports of football, girls’ basketball, boys’ basketball, softball and baseball – the select schools higher seed shall host both the semi-final and championship games at the home site of the higher seed.
Today, the remainder of sanctioned sports still compete against one another in the regular and postseasons.