OIA football schedule tough on certain schools

Waialua’s Lancen Kuni showed off the football after recovering a fumble against Waipahu in the final seconds of the second half to secure the win and OIA Division II title in 2016. The defending champions will have to get used to playing on weeknights this season. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.

The algorithms that make up the OIA football schedule didn’t do Kaiser any favors this year.

The OIA’s fall football schedule features midweek games to address the lack of qualified officials. Kaiser football coach Arnold Martinez was the most vocal critic before the schedule was released.

Once the schedule was officially released, all of Martinez’s fears were realized.

Kaiser has four regular season games with fewer than six days rest next season, more than any other OIA team. Farrington, Kailua, Castle and Radford all have three such games.

Kaiser’s toughest stretch comes in the middle of September, when it plays three games in a span of 12 days, against Kahuku, Moanalua and Waianae. The good thing for the Cougars is that they have 15 full days of rest in between playing Radford and Campbell at the end of August. No other school has as big a break between games and all of them except Castle and Aiea, which has its byes come at the end, have one stretch of more than 10 days between games.

There will be no adjustment for Mililani, which has no games with fewer than six full days rest.

Moanalua has one such game, the other Divison I teams all have two.

For comparison, according to NFL.com, the National Football League ensures that teams scheduled to play midweek games will not have to play on a short week more than once in a season.

Byes do not create any extreme advantages in Division I, with each team playing an opponent that is coming off a bye only once except Kahuku, which plays both Moanalua and Campbell when they have more than a week to prepare.

Pearl City got the raw end of the deal in Division II, drawing three games with less than a week’s rest while McKinley, Kalaheo and Waialua have to prepare on a short week only once.

Roosevelt is in the middle, with two games on short rest, but one stretch to begin September will be the most brutal in all of the OIA. The Rough Riders host Kaimuki on Friday, Sept. 1, and then turn around and travel to Kailua to play Kalaheo the following Wednesday. Given the 5:30 p.m. JV start times that push varsity finishes past 11 p.m., it might be tough for those Rough Riders to make it to class on Thursday morning after that gauntlet.

Waialua students will be the most bleary-eyed at school late in the week, playing four midweek games, more than any other school. That includes two games, at Pearl City and vs. Kalani at Kaiser on a Thursday night, where they can expect to get back to the North Shore after midnight.

Relief for those players will come later in the season, though, as Roosevelt plays only two league games after Sept. 6. In addition to that, Roosevelt plays three teams — Waipahu, Kaimuki and Waialua — that are coming off breaks of more than 10 days, matching Waialua for the most. The Bulldogs and Rough Riders will wrap up the regular season on Oct. 5 in a game in which both teams are coming off 12 days of rest. Kaimuki plays only one team that is coming off a bye.



  1. Searider June 4, 2017 6:47 pm

    Not To Mention Waianae Traveling to Kaiser with an 8pm start on a Wednesday lol

  2. KALAAK June 4, 2017 10:50 pm

    Dumbest schedule ever. What you think the kids no need rest to pay attention in school if they play on Wednesday or Thursday nights. OIA get your *%#> together and it’s coming from a parent and HS coach too

  3. Coach_B June 4, 2017 10:59 pm

    That is the most utterly ridiculous situation for students that I have ever heard of. Playing 8PM games on Fridays are already taxing enough, but if the game hypothetically goes to overtime, then games could easily finish after midnight. Tack on at least another hour of travel back to Waianae, and another hour to showered and back home, and there’s no reasonable way of expecting these kids to do well in school the next day… SMH OIA

  4. ??? June 5, 2017 8:47 am

    All invovled with this schedule should be FIRED……

  5. rrforlifebaby June 5, 2017 12:27 pm

    HMMMM, so how is it that Mililani doesn’t have any short weeks? Then poor Wailua has 4 midweek games?

  6. anywaaaays!! June 5, 2017 2:40 pm

    You guys complaining in these forums are the same guys yelling at the refs at ayso soccer games and the HS football games. You guys do realize that its the fans fault for making the referee profession something that no one wants to do…this schedule is the result of lack of referees…so please thank your uncles and aunties that come drunk to games and yell at the refs, now your kids suffer yet you blame the OIA.

    One of the old time uncles at Kahuku games always yelling his big mouth complaining about the refs until he finally decided to make a difference and go to the ref classes. He didnt even make it through the first week of classes and said “Not worth it!” but I still see him at games complaining.

  7. Tarheels June 5, 2017 6:13 pm

    All you complainers why don’t you officiate football games then this wouldn’t be a problem

  8. william ganiko June 5, 2017 8:40 pm

    Does the OIA have too much pride to hire outside help when it comes to officiating? Hire officials from the mainland or try to work a deal with college officials, etc. It’s worth taking a 1 to 2 year loss financially to regroup and train qualified officials! Sorry to see students getting the crap-end of the stick here! I’d hate to be there teachers in class the next day after a weekday game! Not just being mentally fit for class, but being fully healed for the next battle coming the following week! Sad to see all the coaches, the family members, and the students get treated like this!

  9. Tarheels June 5, 2017 10:14 pm

    Where is the money gonna come from to pay these officials from the mainland ?
    You gotta pay for room and flight rental car
    It’s easier said than done if the fans and coaches just let the officials officiate I think would have more officials but there’s too many fans and coaches take it to far and personal

  10. 88 June 5, 2017 10:25 pm

    You mean to tell me we have a shortage of Refs because grown @$$ men are getting their feelings hurt. C’mon man the real reason for the shortage is $$$$$. You guys are 2much. Grown @$$ men getting their feelings hurt and now they don’t want to ref games. Thats funny.

  11. DBCOACH June 5, 2017 11:43 pm

    This is sad……….HELLA SAD! Once grades start dropping because these kids don’t have enough time to rest and study for the next day, OIA better be prepared for many, and i mean CHOKE parents calling in.

    On the other hand…it does suck that were short on refs, but whatever happen to all those hecklers who do talk shit to the refs because they disagree on the call?! This is the time in need for their “expertise” but they’re no where to be found but in the crowd “acting” like they better. SMH…

  12. Oahu Ref June 6, 2017 7:16 am

    It’s not just “feelings hurt”, we sometimes get personally-assaulted, make barely enough money to pay for gas, meals away from home, and the uniforms we have to buy for ourselves. We don’t do it for the money. It’s just for the love of the game. Some of us stick it out for years, and can handle the abuse. (Yes, it’s “abuse”.) We actually have more officials on the roster than we did last year, but someone’s just using the “shortage of officials” as an excuse. We would have no problem supporting a “regular” schedule without Wednesdays or Thursdays. We have great officials, but no one’s perfect. Remember that. Just as players drop passes, and coaches lose games, sometimes calls are missed. It’s true at all levels of the game, in all sports. There’s 22 players on the field, and 5 refs on the field. We do the best we can, and we’re pretty damn good at it. Those that complain should try it. You’d be surprised. We have several new officials that have come from the playing and coaching ranks, and now see it for what it is. They freely admit that it’s a lot harder than they thought, and now that they understand how things really are, and the proven philosophies in play, they get it. Most people in the stands don’t. Appreciate your officials. You won’t have a game without them. Aloha!

  13. bumbuchas June 6, 2017 9:42 am

    Well said Oahu Ref! Thanks for the inside scoops on the alibi that OIA is using for this new midweek extended schedule. What is the AD’s logic if shortage of officials is not a reason? Why are they lying to the public? Sounds like we have integrity issues here.

  14. Education First June 6, 2017 1:30 pm

    Oahu Ref – would help if you guys didn’t throw 30 flags a game and slow play down so much that’s there’s no rhythm or flow on the field. Not sure if some crews are trying to get face time on O16 or what. In addition to bad TV, excessive calls make the live experience bad too. The games get over so late that it screws up my transportation. I don’t own a car so it’s either very late bus rides or having to call my mom for a ride home.

  15. anywaaaays!! June 6, 2017 2:12 pm

    Those new officials are most likely former players/coaches from the ILH so they can continue to juice their way victories! bwhaahaahahawhaha!

  16. Tarheels June 6, 2017 3:50 pm

    Education First before making a comment about throwing flags and slowing down the game try and become an official first. It’s easy to be a TV OFFICIAL with replay but try to do it in real time where judgement comes into play everyone forgets with officials there will be no games.

  17. Searider June 7, 2017 6:40 pm

    If Any of these Complaining Shots were Taken at Me, please Take the Time to Read, Process and then respond. Never in My Comment did I Mention Refs Being at Fault. Officiating is a Job I would hate to To, I feel That The Refs do the Best they can and Common Sense tells me, There are No Refs Recieving a Mansion any time soon for Affecting a High School Game. My Gripe is with the People who Created the Schedule and seemed to just reach into a Bag and Pull Random Teams. The Two Wednesday games in OIA Div 1 are Kapolei vs farrington and Waianae vs Kaiser In both of those weeks there are Friday Games involving teams Less then 10 Minutes from each Other ex. Radford vs Aiea and Radford vs Moanalua,, I would think on a Weekday with an 8pm start time, an emphasis would be put on Cutting down Travel Time afterward, But that’s just my Idea of Common Sense. Excuse me if I’m way off, Just My Humble Opinion.

  18. Chloropicrin June 7, 2017 11:06 pm

    Shortage of refs because they have no support and can be held liable if someone decides to sue them for injuries and what not from the game. So is it worth it? I say not. These dues have regular jobs or are retired, and the thought of getting sued is crazy. They need to make a union for these refs, or have an organization that will have their back for liability reasons.

    Not to mentioned being harassed by the wannabe refs in the stands.

  19. Chloropicrin June 7, 2017 11:25 pm

    On a side note, there are a lot of wannabe refs from all the top schools. I.e. Kahuku, Waianae, Mililani, Punahou, St. Louis, Campbell, Kapolei…just an observation.

    The type of fans at high school football games

    1) The former Kahuku JV football player who was on the team, but never played and brags about how great he was. This person knows everything on both sides of the ball, calls out formations and is describing the plays to everyone around him. Uses his OIA championship shirt from 1989 to every games.

    2) the crazed Waianae parent who is using every cuss word in the book and is complaining why his 5’4″ 320 pound son isn’t in the game, everynow and then goes down to have a talk with his kid on the sideline. Goes to talk and try to shake the coaches up after the games.

    3) The bandwagon fan who shows up when the team is winning and has the Hurricaine/ Mules / Crusader / Kaiser stickers all over their vehicles. Leaves the game early when getting blown out.

    4) The ladies who show up to the football game, thinking their going to the club all dolled up.

    5) The Public school fan who sits on the private school side, when their cousins, neighbors friends son is playing for Punahou; and their blood nephew is on the opposite side.

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