Not exactly Comic Con

No, when the athletic directors get together this week at the Ala Moana Hotel, it’s not about Amazing Spiderman #1 or that old Frank Miller Daredevil classic.

No, it’s about business. ADs from across the state will gather for the three-day Hawaii Interscholastic Athletic Directors Association convention to discuss, debate and vote on proposals in just about every sport. They do this every year. The first day, Wednesday, is more about formalities, meeting together and starting committee meetings. From there, things get approved for further discussion or rejected, though rejected proposals can return to discussion on the floor later. It’s all kind of confusing, but mostly just a LOT of stuff to go over.

It ain’t no vacation.

In the middle of these 79 attachments I get to read through, there are some items that are crucial and could make a big difference to athletes and coaches next year. Even if some proposals make it to Friday’s general assembly vote and receive approval, the measure is not a home run. No, the HHSAA executive board, comprised of league presidents (principals) and executive directors, would have to follow up with a stamp of approval. Often times, that becomes a formality, but it is no guarantee.

Yup, all the work this week could be swept out by the executive board in minutes. That’s the democratic system for you. Love it or leave it, as they say. Love it or leave it.

Paul Honda, Star-Advertiser


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