The rule, which penalizes players on the field or players or coaches on the bench, has been in effect for a number of years, according to OIA chief of referees Roy Chong. But it will be enforced to the hilt this year.
"Ted Fukushima (OIA executive secretary) told me this year, if we hear it and know who said it, we've got to call it," said Chong.
He said that means any swear words addressed to an official, another player or even a player castigating himself for a bad play.
The penalty will be 15 yards for every outburst. Chong said that if two officials hear swearing from two different parties at the same time, the assessed yardage will double.
"We had the rule but we tried not to have rabbit ears before," said Chong. "Now, when we hear it, we're going to call it - no matter who it is."
He said this could even include a coach swearing at one of his own players to get his attention.
"They want to keep the profanity out of the coaching box and off the field," said Chong.
The new emphasis on the swearing rule caused concern among coaches at the meeting. Some wondered how teen-age athletes who have grown up in tough environments where profanity is a part of their vernacular could refrain from swearing at the emotional height of a game.
BY THE NUMBERS Chong cautioned coaches to beware of advice offered in coaching clinics by collegiate level coaches that putting the helmet into the numbers is OK.
"It is NOT OK," said Chong. "Don't let your coaches think it is. The college coaches are teaching again to block right into the numbers with the face mask. High school kids have weak neck muscles and they can be paralyzed."
There will be only a 25-minute break between games, in which time the varsity teams may warm up for the first 20 minutes and then go through the ceremonial handshake during the last five.
This format doesn't give the varsity time to sing its alma mater, although the junior varsity will be able to sing before its game.
Farrington coach Skippa Diaz took exception to the plan which precludes his team continuing its tradition of facing the stands and booming the school anthem before their games.
"I think it's what school pride's all about," said Diaz.
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The teams participating are Iolani, Aiea, Farrington, Kahuku, Kaimuki, Kaiser, Kapaa, Laupahoehoe, McKinley, Moanalua, Pearl City, Punahou, Radford, Roosevelt, University High, Kalani, Waiakea, Sacred Hearts Academy, Christian High of El Cajon, Calif. and College Preparatory Academy of Oakland, Calif.
Leilehua won the 1996 National Rifle Association Junior 3-Position Sporter Air Rifle Team National Championship in competition with 26 other teams.
Horst Sollfrank, Todd Gallagher, James Estaban and Mike Minami compiled a score of 2,019 between January and March to earn the national title.
St. Louis captured second in the Intermediate Junior Category Precision Air Rifle category and Punahou took second in the Scholastic category.