High school coaches can work with sports groups

LIHU‘E — The Kaua‘i Interscholastic Federation made an adjustment to its current athletic-department plans based on the recent state Department of Education announcement on high-school athletes returning to workouts.

“The KIF is in the ‘white’ as related to the Hawai‘i High School Athletic Association guidance for the near future,” said Kaua‘i Complex Area Superintendent Paul Zina in the March 10 announcement. “This means coaches may contact and work out with the athletes through community youth sports organizations outside the Hawai‘i Department of Education and HHSAA. We will continue this through the fourth quarter of this school year.”

The current Kaua‘i COVID-19 numbers have the island in Tier 4, with less than two cases, or less than 1%, seven-day rolling averages for total new cases and test positivity percentage.

According to the DOE March 5, this puts Kaua‘i in the Phase 4 tier that allows team workouts and practices for all sports, with contact and equipment allowed.

The athletic activity follows the current standard health and safety procedures as well as additional guidelines:

• Social distancing and mask wearing guidelines must be followed at all times;

• Pre-workout/practice screenings must take place;

• Gathering limitations must be in accordance with state and county orders;

• Adequate cleaning schedules of facilities should be created and implemented for all athletic facilities to mitigate any communicable diseases;

• Equipment should be wiped down thoroughly before and after use;

• All student athletes must bring their own water bottles; no hydration stations.

“We are grateful to be out of the ‘red’ HHSAA guidance, and for the HIDOE’s support of athletes and coaches working together again in the community,” Zina said. “We encourage families to engage with appropriate community youth sports organizations through the spring season, but there will be no official Kaua‘i Interscholastic Federation activities. Kaua‘i schools are doing everything we can to prepare for continued increases in athletic activity.

“One step we are taking is that we will begin workouts for KIF fall sports starting Monday, June 14, 2021. Schools will communicate their specific plans for those workouts through their athletic departments and school offices. We will communicate future plans for any other athletic activity when they become available.”

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

2 Comments
  1. RGLadder37 March 15, 2021 1:43 am Reply

    First off, I’m not that person. I went to Roosevelt High School. Born and raised on Oahu.

    Secondly, UH baseball is coming in late. Who do you think is the bast player on the team? Alex Baez, Nainoa Cardinez, or who?

    3rd, do you think they should let fans in the stands and space them out? 6ft.

    4th What do you make of Hawai’i’s new schedule? Cool or no exist.

    5th would you come to the stadium If they opened the gates to fans?

    Just one guy.


    1. RGLadder37 March 16, 2021 2:52 pm Reply

      Since I am from Oahu and nobody knows me here. Dallas Duarte is a great player even though he’s small. I can see how many baseball fans forgave themselves for not making the UH baseball Warriors team or Rainbows team. I think he is 5-9. Maybe a tadd taller. I know this guy stirred some heads when he first tried out. You’re talking about injunctions from cops from Kaua’i and giving that injunction from Mike Trapasso, and giving it to that baseball fan on Kaua’i. Wow. They are that into sports. I suppose, keep up the good enthusiasm. We all need Kaua’i’s support too. Even though it means injunction from a cop. And hey, Good luck to Nainoa Cardinez, 6-2 guy from Kapa’a, High School.


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