LHSAA won't grant extra eligibility due to COVID-19

Airline's Caroline Easom tags a runner in a game last season. The senior was recently named to the LHSAA Composite All-Academic Team.
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The LHSAA will not grant an extra year of eligibility to seniors who had their final seasons impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic. 

The pandemic led to the cancellation several high school spring sports including baseball, softball and track and field. 

The association’s executive director, Eddie Bonine, confirmed this in a memo sent to member principals and athletic directors this month. 

“Another question we have been asked, ‘are athletes going to be given an extra year of eligibility due to circumstance surrounding the pandemic?’” The memo reads. “The answer is no.  Any/all athletic eligibility moving forward, the LHSAA will adhere lo any/all Constitution and Bylaws as prescribed to include but not limited to; academics, hold back, eight semester and fifth year eligibility.”

The memo goes on to say that individual eligibilily ruling requests related to COVID-19 “will not be entertained for eligibility purposes and/or for hardship appeals.”