The Louisiana High School Athletic Association and the Louisiana High School Officials Association announced Thursday that a final agreement was reached to put referees on the field for several sports, including prep football, for the 2015-2015 school year.
The announcement means that high school football will go on as schedule after fear a deal might not be in place before the beginning of the regular season. Teams can begin fall practice on Monday, Aug. 3.
The agreement was announced Thursday afternoon in Baton Rouge just days after a tentative agreement to finalize a deal was announced by LHSAA Executive Director Eddie Bonine on Sunday.
It also comes with a new four-year agreement between the two sides – something that is a first in Louisiana high school sports.
Other sports in the agreement include basketball, softball, baseball, soccer, volleyball and wrestling).
“It is a good feeling today, and I am glad to know the kids are going to be able to be on the field and court,” Bonine said. “That is the important part. The four-year agreement was important piece to me.”
The Executive Committee met by conference call on Thursday with 18 of the 25 principals participating in the vote.
“The main thing is it gets officials back on the field, and I think the best part is the four-year agreement,” Ruston principal Ricky Durrett said. “I think it was important that this gives the officials a chance to get to know Mr. (Eddie) Bonine and hopefully we can get a good relationship built on trust between the officials and principals and the executive director’s office.”
The agreement gives a pay raise in sports on a varying scale depending on the season. Some sports will get $10-15 per game more than 2014 while others a $5 per game raise. Any referee that works all sports could be in line for as much as $1,800 per year over 2014 according to reports.
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