Most states classify their high school athletic programs by size. This classification concept is widely accepted nationwide, but Hawaii has not done that for a number of reasons, even intra-league among public and private schools. But with the new football agreement announced a month ago, a lot of what was wrong will be rectified on the football battlefields by establishing a clear delineation among Open, Division I and Division II teams.
The new high school football plan will allow for some wonderful, old rivalries to be renewed regularly, create new rivalries, will allow for much better balance and should lead to far fewer forfeits and lopsided scores, we hope. It has been great to see the openmindedness and willingness between the OIA and ILH on Oahu with some help from outside business partners to ensure that athletes, schools, and fans will see a more competitive and fairer system by which to judge teams going forward.