HHSAA rules ‘no contact’ through Aug. 18

HONOLULU — Effective immediately, the high school sports calendar moves into a “no-contact period” through Aug. 18, states the Hawai‘i High School Athletic Association.

The decision for this move was decided by a majority vote of the HHSAA executive board, Monday.

The “no-contact period” means there shall be no instructional or developmental sport-specific activity allowed between high school coaches and student athletes.

Applicable start date penalties for violations will be enforced according to HHSAA regulations which include, but are not limited to, the suspension of a coach for part, or the entire season.

“This is a significant change to our start date calendar as summer activities have been determined by each individual school,” said HHSAA Executive Director Chris Chun. “However, during this time, our executive board felt that this change was necessary to protect the health and safety of our student athletes. This will allow adequate time for conditioning as our first contests for most fall sports are not slated to begin until at least mid-September.”

Each member league, including the Kaua‘i Interscholastic Federation, will determine workout restrictions starting Aug. 19 at which time, the calendar will move to the “out of season conditioning and weight training” program.

Including the KIF, the HHSAA member league members are the Big Island Interscholastic Federation, the Interscholastic League of Honolulu, the Maui Interscholastic League, and the O‘ahu Interscholastic Association.

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Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or dfujimoto@thegardenisland.com.

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