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HHSAA defeats golf,
volleyball measures

By Cindy Luis

Two measures recommended at last week's Hawaii Interscholastic Athletics Directors Association convention were vetoed at yesterday's meeting of the Hawaii High School Athletic Association's executive board.

Not gaining approval of the five-member board were:

>> Moving boys golf from the spring to the fall season;

>> Adopting rally scoring and a best 3-of-5 format for the boys and girls state volleyball tournaments.

The change in the boys' golf season would have gone into effect this fall. However, the board voted to make the switch in 2003 to give leagues more time to line up courses for practices and matches, as well as to give the student-athletes a chance to adapt their academic and athletic schedules.

The proposal had drawn complaints from golfers and their parents last week. One observer at last week's conference said it would come as no surprise if the issue was revisited at next year's meetings and rejected.

As for the change from tradition to rally scoring, "there were several unanswered questions on let serves and liberos," said Keith Amemiya, HHSAA executive director and a non-voting member of the board. "The final consideration was that the National Federations of High Schools has not adopted the switch.

"Our general policy is to stick with the federation's guidelines. In this case, the NFHS rulebook doesn't address let serves and liberos. ... The change will come but we'll wait until the federation switches."

The best 3-of-5 proposal was tied into the rally scoring change, and became moot when rally scoring was vetoed.

All other proposals passed:

>> A state judo tournament, beginning in spring 2003;

>> The elimination of pool play in the three-day state volleyball tournament to create a four-day event in line with the rest of the state tournaments;

>> Creation of committees to study the feasibility of a Division II tournament in football, and to study pole vaulting safety.

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