Instant replay review for the football state tournament is well on its way to becoming a reality.
A proposal to incorporate replay for televised football state tournament games at Aloha Stadium passed through a Hawaii Interscholastic Athletic Directors Association committee 33-0-4 Wednesday at the annual legislative meeting at the Kauai Marriott Resort.
There are two more hurdles — Thursday morning’s general assembly vote and then a vote by the Hawaii High School Athletic Association executive board Thursday evening.
Three other measures concerning state football passed through committee Wednesday, including a plan to exempt football from normal state tourney seeding procedures. If the proposal, which got through committee 26-11, gets final approval Thursday, teams from leagues with only two representatives (for instance ‘Iolani and Damien in ILH Division I) would now be allowed to be seeded.
The two other state football proposals that passed through committee are plans for either a 4-5-6 or a 4-5-5 format of Open, D-I and D-II state tournament fields. The current format is four teams in Open and D-I and six teams in D-II. Those two plans got through committee, 26-11-1 and 25-11.
Listed below are other committee-level items that passed, were defeated, were withdrawn or no motion was made, with voting numbers in parentheses.
PASSED THROUGH COMMITTEE:
>> Changing official timekeeping from the head referee to a scoreboard clock operator for state soccer tournament games played at Waipio Peninsula Soccer Stadium (33-0)
>> Eliminating qualifying standards from the track and field state championships and implementing a qualification system of the top 24 performers and four alternates from each event during the season. (28-0-3)
DEFEATED IN COMMITTEE:
>> Adding the MIL into the state soccer hosting rotation every fourth year. (12-19-2) Note: This measure will reach Thursday’s general assembly vote by virtue of a minority report.
>> Forming a committee to explore three-tier tournaments in other sports aside from football, including in girls sports to comply with the Title IX gender equity law. (11-18)
>> Adding softball and baseball to the D-I regional format mix. The regional format typically beings on Mondays on a different island than where the weekend finals will be held. (11-17-1)
>> Adding a trials event for the 3,000-meter run at the state track and field championships.
>> Returning to a day of rest in between the state track and field trials and finals. Currently, the championships are held on consecutive days.
NO MOTIONS MADE:
>> Adding the regional format for all D-II 12-team state tournaments.
>> Changing the seeding criteria for state tournaments to give preference to undefeated or one-loss defending champions, undefeated state-runners-up, and teams’ ranks in media polls.
>> Putting the KIF into the D-II baseball hosting mix every third year instead of every six years.