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HHSAA calls off spring sports

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Kapa‘a pitcher Isaac Nagahisa delivers in the fourth inning against Kamehameha during the second day of the Walter Souza Baseball Invitational Baseball Tournament at the Ron Martin Field on the Kapa‘a High campus earlier this month.

HONOLULU — The Hawai‘i High School Athletic Association in conjunction with its member leagues including the Big Island Interscholastic Federation, Interscholastic League of Honolulu, the Kaua‘i Interscholastic Federation, the Maui Interscholastic League, and the O‘ahu Interscholastic Association, Friday announced that effective March 16, all interscholastic competition will be suspended indefinitely based on the evolving COVID-19 public health threat.

“The priority of the HHSAA continues to be the health and safety of our student-athletes, coaches, administrators, and members of the community,” said Chris Chun, the HHSAA executive director.

“We hope that play can resume before the school year ends, but must be mindful not to jeopardize the health of our community in doing so. This decision was not made lightly, and is supported unanimously by our member leagues.”

Kapa‘a High School Athletic Director Greg Gonsalves said in an interview with The Garden Island that the season might resume from suspension at a later date.

The possible resumption of play will not be made without the HHSAA first consulting with the state Department of Health and the Lieutenant Governor’s Office.

The HHSAA will also continue to evaluate the situation and make a later determination regarding its spring state tournaments scheduled for May.

The scheduled baseball games, tennis matches, volleyball games and softball games scheduled for today will be played.

The baseball games played today will have a different venue. The Kaua‘i-Waimea, Kapa‘a-Waimea and Kapa‘a-Waimea six-game schedule begins at 3 p.m. at Vidinha Stadium.

The Kaua‘i Senior Softball league seven-game schedule is being played as scheduled today.

“The county continues to allow outdoor events for up to 100 people at county facilities, including our scheduled ball parks,” said League Coordinator Mike Curtis.

“We continue our decision-making based on relevant considerations. One fact is that senior softball participants are at high risk. The board of directors, the team captains, will continue to act based on information available at the time. We also host the Hawai‘i State Senior Softball Tournament in the first week of August 2020. Similar decision-making will be considered as information allows and requires,” said Curtis.

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