HHSAA makes it official: ‘Season 1’ state tournaments cancelled

To no surprise, the Hawaii High School Athletic Association announced cancellation of state championship tournaments that had been tentatively slated in March.

Air riflery, basketball, bowling, competitive cheer, cross country, paddling, soccer, swimming and diving, and wrestling will be regular-season sports only if some of the state’s five leagues choose to do so. The Interscholastic League of Honolulu announced earlier in the week the cancellation of five sports.

This is the lingering effect of the COVID-19 pandemic across the country, though Hawaii is one of just a handful of states that has yet to play a high school sport in the 2020-21 academic year. League officials and coaches across the state had long expected the state championships to be a no-go this year.


Travel restrictions were already a factor in the immense puzzle that the pandemic has been.

“Our intent for cancelling the first set of state tournaments was to allow our member schools the opportunity to participate in a longer league season, rather than a truncated one with regional and state tournament play for only a limited number of schools,” HHSAA Executive Director Chris Chun said. “Although the state tournaments are cancelled, leagues are not restricted in conducting their seasons if it is deemed safe to do so. We will continue to work with the Department of Health and government officials for the possibility to hold state tournaments for the remaining sports in late May.”


“Season 2” sports are a combination of postponed fall sports and traditional spring sports: baseball, football, golf, judo, softball, tennis, track and field, water polo and volleyball.


At this point, coaches and players in the ILH are hoping schools can find common ground and schedule informal competition in “bubble” scenarios for the sports that have been cancelled. There have been no announcements regarding winter sports and some of the postponed fall sports — comprising “Season 1” — but skepticism for higher-risk sports in the OIA, MIL, BIIF and KIF is relatively high, according to coaches who were polled by Hawaii Prep World in December.

There has been no high school sports since March of 2020, when the first statewide lockdown began, cutting the spring sports season short.

COMMENTS

  1. Eastsideparent January 2, 2021 4:20 pm

    What does this even mean? This uncertainty has left thousands of kids waiting. Just make a plan already and stop passing the buck.


  2. Kainoa January 2, 2021 11:49 pm

    Not only is Hawaii only one of a few states that haven’t played high school sports. Hawaii has much better COVID case measurements than those few states. Hawaii is at another level below the rest of the nation. Mayor Bliangiardi as well as the other county mayors have an great opportunity to show their leadership this new year of 2021 and as high schools return to school after Winter Break.

    When will our leaders allow athletics to restart? Vaccinations are already severely lagging, the virus is mutating, and there is no vaccine available yet for children under 16. In other words, environmental conditions will improve much more slowly than we all hope. So do we try to restart athletics now with best practice safety protocols that we know of now? Or do we wait and wait which may just end up being opportunities lost? Think about it.

    Adults need to find a way to bring normalcy back to our children’s lives before their childhood is pau.


  3. Tyrone Taylor January 3, 2021 8:29 am

    We need to follow Florida. All non student athletes of class of 21′ need to continue school online. And class of 21 student athletes, school year stops now and give these kids a extra year of eligibility. As long as they make age. Which 95% will. 2 years in a row they got screwd. They suffering not us. LIFE CAN EASILY CHANGE DIRECTION FOR THE WORST. Could of have a chance to continue with education and sports play. BUT NOW THE STREETS WILL CALL MAJORITY OF THEM.


  4. Disappointed January 3, 2021 5:12 pm

    @Kaino for ILH/HHSAA Director!!


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