LHSAA approves a plan for split playoffs

Kyle Riviere @kyleR_sports

The Louisiana football playoffs will never be the same.

Last Friday, the Louisiana High School Athletic Association approved a plan that will separate public and private schools in the playoffs.

In this new plan, the 242 non-select public schools will compete against one another in the postseason for championships in each division--1A through 5A. However, private schools will go their own route for a title.

These 120-140 private schools will be separated into two select divisions. Schools in the 3A to 5A classifications will compete against each other in the playoffs as Select Division I. Private schools in the 1A to 2A classifications will play one another in the postseason as Select Division II.

This new plan will go into effect this fall, and it will be the first time the LHSAA has had championship play not based upon enrollment classifications.

The proposal calls for private schools, charter schools, magnet schools, laboratory schools and dual-curriculum schools being grouped together in Select Divisions I and II.

This separation of public and private schools will only be for the playoffs. Select and non-select schools will remain in districts together and compete with one another throughout the regular season.