HIADA kicks off 63rd annual conference




KEAUHOU, Hawaii — The 63rd annual Hawaii Interscholastic Athletic Director Association conference began on the west side of Hawaii Island Tuesday afternoon and will continue through Thursday at the Outrigger Kona Resort and Spa at Keauhou Bay.

Over the course of the three-day conference, high school athletic directors and administrators will discuss, debate and vote on up to 40 proposals that have been submitted to the group.

The ADs from all five of the state's interscholastic leagues are split into four groups, with each overseeing a handful of the proposals.

The first three groups pertained to fall, winter and spring sports respectively while the fourth group centered on general concerns, primarily dealing with the host rotation sites and islands for various state tournaments.

After the opening general assembly in the early afternoon, ADs took in a workshop led by MLB agent and educational speaker Mark Leinweaver, who shared a message relating to social media dangers and consequences, being brave in behavior, volunteering in the community, school spirit and support and anti-bullying leadership.

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Following the workshop, the ADs met in their groups and discussed their assigned proposals before they conducted a straw poll on each in a closed-door meeting. They then convened with their respective league caucuses before retiring for the night.

Group 3 was the most busiest with 14 total proposals ranging from diamond sports, golf, judo and track and field.

One of the items pertaining to baseball and softball was dealing with the designated home team in the state tournament. Currently, seeded teams (which are only league champions) are the home team in the first game that they play in (quarterfinal round) with a coin flip determining the home team in the semifinal, championship and opening round between two unseeded teams. Coin flips are usually done the day beforehand. The proposal, which was submitted by the Interscholastic League of Honolulu, is seeking to make the higher seed the home team throughout the entire tournament.

Other measures submitted by the Interscholastic League of Honolulu in Group 3 include allowing coaches to that are 65 and older the ability to use a golf cart during the golf state tournament and the use of camera for Video Assistant Referee (VAR) to help with judo matches.

There were also four proposals relating to track and field that dealt with warm up and start times for hurdlers and regulating the length of spikes used by the athletes.

In Group 4, one proposal submitted by the Oahu Interscholastic Association sought to move the age eligibility requirement back a month. Currently, student athletes must be 18 years or younger on Sept. 1 in order to be eligible to compete in HHSAA tournaments that sports season. They can turn 19 years old after that date, but they can be no older than 18 when Sept. 1 takes place. The proposal seeks to move that date to Aug. 1.

Also in Group 4 the HHSAA submitted proposals to delay the hosting rotations of the Division II baseball and softball tournaments a year and keep it on Oahu. The tournaments were scheduled to be held on Hawaii Island and Maui respectively. The Division I baseball tournament will continue on Maui however as scheduled.

The Kauai Interscholastic Federation also submitted a pair of measures to be included in the hosting rotation for boys and girls volleyball and boys and girls basketball.

Other measures in Group 4 included officiating crews, establishing state tournament standard operating procedures in writing, as well as an experimental seeding policy that uses the Bradley-Terry model to seed teams, a model that takes into account data from regular season and non-league games.

Group 1 had the least proposals with all but one dealing with various aspects of cheerleading, relating to the handbook, judges panel, routine review and scoring system.

In Group 2, two measures in basketball was submitted relating to the closely guarded rule, more well-known as the five-second violation. Because the HHSAA introduced the use of shot clocks in its most recent basketball state tournaments, the NFHS allows state associations to modify the closely guarded rule if they also have a 35-second shot clock.

There were also proposals seeking to increase the number of canoe paddling state berths from 16 to 24 in both divisions as well as a number of wrestling measures that included expanding the seeding from just the top eight players to all 20 possible wrestlers in each respective weight bracket.



Reach Michael Lasquero at [email protected].




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