Change coming to several state tournaments

The students may be on summer break, but the work never stops for school administration.

The majority of Hawaii's athletic directors recently had their annual convention and change is on the way for state tournaments in four different sports.

Starting next year, the Division I boys and girls tourneys for soccer and volleyball will move to a regional format, similar to the current football bracket.

Instead of all the games being played in one location, the champions of the Maui Interscholastic League and the Big Island Interscholastic Federation will host a regional game on their own island and then finish the tournament on Oahu.

Hawaii High School Athletics Association executive director Chris Chun says this will help involve more of the state and also, ease travel costs for families.

"Instead of staying four days in a row and missing four or five days of school, they'd only maybe miss one day of school," Chun said. "There's a trade off and instead of getting a hotel for four days in a row, they'd only need a hotel for one night. It gives those kids a chance, especially the champions, a chance to play in front of their home crowd."

It's not yet known if the format will be installed for more sports in the future.

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