The Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s member principals voted to extend the select/nonselect split for postseason play to baseball, softball and basketball beginning in the 2016-17 school year at the annual convention’s business meeting in Baton Rouge Friday, according to media reports.
The football playoffs have been split for the last three years and that won’t change.
The vote to split the other sports passed 182-120.
Starting next school year, there will be seven nonselect classes and five divisions in boys and girls basketball, softball and baseball.
Select schools are generally private schools along with some magnet and charter schools. Nonselect schools are public schools.
The association also voted to return to school attendance zones instead of parish boundaries to determine eligibility for athletics. That would put Byrd back in the top select division. Byrd was classified as a select school in 2013 but returned to nonselect status in 2014 under the parish boundaries rule.
Select and nonselect schools will still compete against each other during the regular season for district championship honors.
The association also voted to overwhelmingly to approve pay raises for officials.
It also approved a joint proposal by Parkway and Benton to “shift more consequences to adults in violations,” according to the Baton Rouge Advocate. The fine for violating recruiting rules also increased to $5,000.
— Staff Reports