Is competitive balance still a problem in Hawaii high school football?
I think it is, and so do many others, judging from response to columns in recent issues of the Star-Advertiser.
When forfeiting games becomes a regularity because schools with short rosters are in the same divisions and scheduled against much more powerful teams, something is wrong.
Last Wednesday’s column includes a proposal to merge the OIA and ILH in football and create three divisions. This can’t happen unless the private and public school leagues’ sports leadership put some old grudges behind them. Hopefully they do that in the interest of competitive balance — and, more importantly, student-athlete safety.
In Sunday’s column, veteran Hawaii high school football trainer Cynthia Clivio says mismatches can contribute to more injuries — and not just for the undersized, short-roster team.
Also, Chris Chun, the Hawaii High School Athletic Association executive director, shares his thoughts on the issue.
What do you think? Is there a discrepancy in competitive balance? And if so, what are possible solutions?