State football tourney changes approved

Several football proposals were passed by the executive board as the Hawaii Interscholastic Athletic Directors Association convention ended Thursday on Kauai, bringing them to rule in the fall.

Among the highlights, it appears the Oahu Interscholastic Association will get a second team in to the Division I and II state tournaments after the Kauai Interscholastic Federation officially declares which state tournament it will send its champion to.

There is also the distinct possibility that the Interscholastic League of Honolulu could step out of the D-II state football tournament because it currently has only one team at that level in Pac-Five.

If the KIF declares for D-II and the ILH backs out of that level — both scenarios appear likely — that tournament would include five teams: the KIF champion; the Maui Interscholastic League champion (either Lahainaluna, Ka­me­hameha Maui or King Kekaulike); the Big Island

Interscholastic Federation champion; and the champion and runner-up from the OIA.

The D-I tournament in that scenario would be a five-team event: the MIL champion (either Baldwin or Maui High); the OIA champion and runner-up; the Big Island champion; and the ILH champion.

Two other football matters passed through the convention and then the executive board, which is made up of one principal from each of the state’s five leagues.

One was to allow the use of instant replay for state tournament games.

The other was to allow the state football committee to bypass the HHSAA rule at the Division I level that requires a league have at least three teams in the division to have its champion be allowed to be seeded — now the seeds will be assigned by the football committee’s discretion between the league champions. The OIA runner-up team will not be allowed to be seeded in front of any league champions.

The biggest piece of legislation proposed by the MIL, asking that the league be put back in the four-year rotation to host the Division I boys and girls state soccer tournaments, did not make it out of the final general session to be considered by the executive committee.