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National Anthem Protests

Posted: 09-28-2016 | Categories: Baseball, Basketball - Boys, Basketball - Girls, Bowling, Cross Country - Boys, Cross Country - Girls, Football, Cheerleading, Golf - Boys, Golf - Girls, Gymnastics - Boys, Gymnastics - Girls, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Powerlifting, Soccer - Boys, Soccer - Girls, Softball, Swimming - Boys, Swimming - Girls, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling, LHSADA, LHSCA, Administrators


To: LHSAA Member School's I Superintendents
LASB I Executive Director I Scott Richard
LHSAA Member School's I Principals I Athletic Directors I Coaches
Subject: National Anthem Protests
From: Eddie Bonine I Executive Director
Date: September 26, 2016


It was brought to my attention this past Friday, we had multiple protests to the National Anthem by LHSAA member schools athletes and fans. I have met with my executive cabinet, discussed a similar protest which took place in the State of Washington prior to a football game last Friday night sanctioned by the Washington Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA). I have since spoken to LHSAA Legal Counsel and discussed the topic. This said, taking into account the aforementioned conversations, and until advised differently, the following will be the position statement from this office:

The LHSAA is a principal's organization whereas in these situations where the LHSAA Rules and Regulations do not take precedence, any/ all decisions related to individual(s), and/or team(s) expression(s) exhibited during any pre-event National Anthem at a LHSAA regular season and/or post season game, match, meet or contest, will be determined by each individual member school andjor member school's school district.

Thank you for your time.

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