HHSAA ends school year on high note

WAILEA—The Hawaii High School Athletic Association (HHSAA) had a profitable

and successful year, according to HHSAA Executive Director Keith

Amemiya.

Amemiya made his report during the opening assembly of the 40th

annual Hawaii Interscholastic Athletic Directors Association (HIADA) Conference

in Wailea, Maui. Amemiya said the HHSAA was able to improve its financial

situation and distribute some of its revenue to schools thanks to the inaugural

state football championship.

He also credited the improved HHSAA web site

which received more than 1.3 million hits in the first five months of the

year. The HHSAA was also able to showcase some of the girls state tournaments

throughout the year including the first girls state golf championship, the

girls state wrestling championship as well as showcasing the girls state

softball championship at Rainbow Stadium.

The athletic directors also began

considering more than 40 proposals to modify several sports regulations or

playing conditions. Among them included:

* Adding cheerleading as a new

HHSAA sport,

* Expanding the field from the present 12-team state

championship to16-teams in basketball,

* Re-examining the number of teams

qualifying for the state tournament,

* Establishing next year’s state

tournament schedule.

The final recommendations from the conference must

still be approved by the HHSAA’s Board of Directors during their next meeting

in late June.

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