HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - the Hawaii High School Athletic Association announced on Saturday that it is forgoing its March 2021 State Championships, HHSAA officials said.
The sports affected are air riflery, basketball, bowling, cheerleading, cross country, outrigger canoe paddling, soccer, swimming/diving and wrestling — which were all set to begin on January 4th, 2021 under the HHSAA’s modified calendar.
HHSAA officals say that the decision was based on multiple factors, including travel restrictions with the outer islands and that some leagues already conducting shortened seasons.
“Our intent for cancelling the first set of state tournaments was to allow our member schools the opportunity to participate in a longer league season, rather than a truncated one with regional and state tournament play for only a limited number of schools,” HHSAA Executive Director Chris Chun said in a statement. “Although the state tournaments are cancelled, leagues are not restricted in conducting their seasons if it is deemed safe to do so.”
This would allow individual leagues to hold seasons without being tied to the framework of the March State tournaments.
A decision on whether or not State tournaments will be conducted for the remaining sports will be made at a later time.
“We will continue to work with the Department of Health and government officials for the possibility to hold state tournaments for the remaining sports in late May.” Chun said.
The remaining sports scheduled for March-May include baseball, football, golf, judo, softball, tennis, track and field, water polo and volleyball.