HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - The OIA is preparing to announce the cancelation of all fall and winter sports for the current school year, including football, because of circumstances surrounding the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, sources familiar with the decision tell Hawaii News Now.
Some schools have already begun informing members of their athletic departments about the OIA’s decision, which was expected to be announced on Tuesday.
Until this point, the high school sports that play during the fall and winter seasons had been classified simply as postponed, with athletics officials at both the state and league levels hopeful that they would be able to resume later in the school year.
The decision to cancel those sports for the year means that all three sports seasons at the prep level in Hawaii have been impacted by the pandemic. Spring championships were canceled at the end of last year because of the coronavirus pandemic as well.
Sources indicate that the OIA has not yet officially canceled the spring athletic season for the current school year and still hopes to resume competition in sports like baseball, softball and track and field later this semester.
In addition to football, the OIA’s decision to cancel the fall and winter seasons impacts the following sports:
- Air riflery
- Cross country
- Canoe paddling
- Girls volleyball
- Swimming and diving
Over the weekend, the HHSAA announced that it was canceling the state championship events that were scheduled for March in hopes that it would give individual leagues a better opportunity to run a complete, if not slightly truncated, league schedule.
The HHSAA said that the decision to conduct a season would be up to the leagues and if they are allowed to play within their island or county health guidelines.