La. High School Athletic Director Column
Hall of Fame basketball games are a great opportunity for schools to honor past athletic achievement while honing the skills of current student athletes. At the beginning of the 2011–12 school year, the Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA) Executive Committee and the Louisiana High School Sports Hall of Fame approved a new format for future Hall of Fame basketball games.
Previously, games were played after the regular basketball season began, and all money went to the Hall of Fame. Now, under the new process, teams are permitted to play Hall of Fame games on designated dates prior to the actual start of the season. Schools are required to apply in order to host the Hall of Fame games and must pay a sanctioning fee. The fee can be taken out of gate receipts, and any remaining money can be divided between participating teams. Both the Hall of Fame program and participating teams can benefit from the gate receipts.
There are special conditions for hosting Hall of Fame games that can be found on the LHSAA web site at www.lhsaa.org. Some of those rules include prior approval, which must be submitted 14 days before the scheduled event. Also, teams are limited to only one Hall of Fame basketball game per season. These games do not count in the overall win/loss record for a team or for wild card points. Any Louisiana high school, regardless of class, has the opportunity to be a part of this long standing tradition.
In October, Class B and C boys’ and girls’ teams played six Hall of Fame basketball games. Boys’ and girls’ teams at Classes 1A through 5A schools also played six Hall of Fame games in the month of November. There are two remaining dates for hosting a Hall of Fame basketball game – Saturday, January 28, 2012 and Saturday, February 4, 2012.
Besides uniting seasoned and rookie athletes, the Hall of Fame basketball games raise money allotted to the maintenance and expansion of the Louisiana High School Athletic Hall of Fame. Under the direction of an outstanding group of 18 committee members, the Hall of Fame serves as a shrine to athletes, coaches, administrators, officials and other members of the high school sports community who have made a difference in the lives of those around them. It is also a visual inspiration to younger generations with lofty athletic dreams.
Applications for any school wanting to host a Hall of Fame basketball game can be found on the LHSAA website at www.lhsaa.org and should be returned to LHSAA Director of Finance Erin Tureau. Additional questions can be directed to any Hall of Fame committee member. To find a list of committee members, visit the Hall of Fame section of the LHSAA website.