The Hawaii High School Athletic Association has announced the postponement of “higher and moderate” risk fall sports season to January of 2021.
Football, girls volleyball and competitive cheer are the sports that will shift to January. Air riflery and bowling will remain in the fall season.
The HHSAA board and Start Date Committee met on Wednesday afternoon. The recent daily spike in COVID-10 cases at record numbers — there were 173 more today — has caused concern at the state level. Lt. Gov. Josh Green said on Wednesday that Gov. David Ige could likely establish a 30-day lockdown as early as today.
“It has been difficult,” HHSAA Executive Director Chris Chun said.
Hawaii becomes the seventh state to postpone some or all fall sports to the winter or spring season.
The blueprint for the new schedule isn’t clear.
“It is to be determined and evaluated,” Chun added.
Chun said the HHSAA’s decision was not based on Lt. Green’s forewarning. The HHSAA made its announcement on Wednesday afternoon on its website and via email.
“No, we made this decision on Monday,” Chun said. “As a parent, coach, and administrator, I am extremely disappointed like most of them. I am hopeful, we as a community do what we need to do to flatten the curve so our student-athletes can play again.”