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No football in Louisiana until schools enter Phase 4 of reopening plan

The Louisiana High School Athletic Association voted Monday to prohibit the playing of high school football until the state enters Phase 4 of COVID-19 restrictions.

The state is currently teetering in Phase 2, with Gov. John Bel Edwards threatening to roll back to Phase 1, if the wearing of face masks and other precautionary protocol does not stem the coronavirus spread.

Currently, under Phase 2 standards, cross country and swimming can resume as normal. Volleyball teams are allowed to practice and have scrimmages among themselves, LHSAA says. Only individual conditioning workouts are currently allowed for other high school sports.

Football teams will be allowed to practice, including 7-on-7 intrasquad limited contact drills, beginning in Phase 3, but cannot fully scrimmage among themselves or other schools until Phase 4, the Louisiana High School Athletic Association says.

LHSAA has discussed flipping fall and spring high school sports seasons, but has not yet made a final decision to do so.