The delay of football in the ever-shifting timeline of prep sports in Hawaii is no surprise.
The Interscholastic League of Honolulu’s start date of the postponed football season was scheduled for today — Feb. 22 — but has been delayed to Mar. 15.
The league had already cancelled most fall and winter sports. While public-school leagues cancelled football in January, the ILH remained persistent and consistent about keeping the sport alive in an academic year altered severely by the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, the City and County of Honolulu remains in Tier 2. The state/DOE has made no changes regarding the restart of public high school sports. On Oahu, the seven-day moving average for new cases has dropped from 100-plus at its peak during the winter season to 27 as of Sunday, with a positivity rate of 1.1 percent.
ILH football coordinator Wendell Look has timelines, sites and schedule options lined up, but nothing is 100-percent easy.
“Football is going to be dependent on the availability and affordability of rapid testing. The RTP plan relies and hinges on testing,” he said.
Look noted that it’s more than a matter of tiers or a simple, singular step in the chain of command.
“We’re waiting on a lot of groups for approval,” he said.
In other sports that have been cancelled, progress is ongoing. Hawaii Baptist and Kamehameha played a home-and-home series over the weekend in girls and boys basketball that required pre-game testing for all participants, including media.
Air riflery and cross country are active in the ILH with teams remaining separated during events, competing at staggered times.
The football delay of game comes as Nevada and California have opened up their respective states for spring football season. In Nevada, however, Clark County, home of Las Vegas, has opted out of public-school prep football.