The longest football game in Hawaii high school history has led to a proposal by athletic directors to ensure that there won’t be a repeat performance.
Last November at Aloha Stadium, Lahainaluna outlasted Konawaena 75-69 in seven overtime periods to win the state’s Division II championship. It was the main reason why Nov. 18’s Aloha Stadium tripleheader lasted almost 12 hours — from 2 p.m. on a Saturday until 1:04 a.m. Sunday.
High school administrators typically want to get their athletes, families and spectators home at a more reasonable hour, so a proposal calling for collegiate overtime rules to be adopted will be discussed at the 58th annual Hawaii Interscholastic Athletic Directors Association meeting June 4-8 at the Hilton Waikoloa Village.
If passed, the chances of seven overtimes would be drastically limited. Good for getting people home before the wee hours of the morning, but possibly bad for drama. The Lunas’ victory was one of the most exciting games in Hawaii high school history.
Under collegiate rules, which Hawaii is considering adopting, teams would be required to go for the 2-point conversion after a touchdown starting with the third overtime.
Typically in overtime, teams choose to kick the extra point after a touchdown, but 2-point conversions have been documented to be more difficult to make and the chances of one of the two teams not being successful after a touchdown (and an earlier ending to the game) will increase.
The OIA submitted the football overtime proposal.
Cross country split?
Another item on the list of HIADA concerns is the possibility of splitting cross country races into Division I and II in both boys and girls.
As it stands now, there is one race for boys and one race for girls. However, teams compete for the Division I and II championships.
If passed, cross country would have four total state races, with individuals and teams competing for Division I and II medals and championships in both boys and girls.
However, if it is approved, runners on D-II teams would no longer have a chance to win the D-I individual title.
The BIIF submitted the item.
One more relay event?
In track and field, there is a HIADA proposal submitted by the ILH for the addition of a 4×800 relay, which would give distance runners an opportunity to compete in more events.
Another proposal would change track and field scoring. Instead of 10 points to the winner, eight for second, six for third, four for fourth, two for fifth and one for sixth, it would be 10 to the winner, eight for second, six for third, five for fourth, four for fifth, three for sixth, two for seventh and one for eighth.
As it stands now, only six of the eight medal winners in each event score points for their team.
One coach queried said that smaller schools tend to believe that both of these proposals favor larger schools which typically have more runners participating and thereby more of a chance to score.
On the other side of the coin, the proposals give athletes from all schools more of a chance to compete (in the case of the additional relay) and add value to their team score.
The ILH and BIIF submitted the scoring proposal.
Altogether, the HIADA main body will discuss 45 topics and vote on those that pass through the various committees.
Some of the other items include the possibility of limiting the number of teams qualifying for state tournaments in certain Division II sports, changes in state tournament seeding, and a switch in some state tournaments’ hosting rotation.
In addition, there are 12 wrestling proposals, with the brunt of those concerning weight management and seeding criteria.
The breakdown of proposals by sport (or other generic topic) follows.
>> Air riflery — 4
>> Canoe paddling — 2
>> Cross country — 2
>> Football — 1
>> Judo — 4
>> Track and field — 8
>> Water polo — 1
>> Wrestling — 12
>> Various sports start dates — 4
>> Various tournament sizes, seeding or hosting rotation — 6
>> Volleyball — 1
Committees and the HIADA general assembly will meet Tuesday and Wednesday, with final voting Thursday.
On Friday, the Hawaii High School Athletic Association executive board meets to adopt, deny or amend anything that passes through the HIADA legislative body.