Positive discussions a few new BIIF soccer layout happened, however not anything in the best way of a definitive resolution took place at a BIIF athletic administrators assembly on Monday, consistent with Pahoa athletic director Hoku Haliniak.
Haliniak mentioned the ADs mentioned 3 potential codecs Monday, however “the whole lot was once tabled till (our) March assembly. We’re going to return to speak to our coaches.”
With Kohala, Ka’u and Pahoa transitioning from eight-man to 11-man, talks targeted round devising a BIIF time table for its first 11-member soccer league and how one can strike a aggressive stability and meld the previous eight-man groups with the larger colleges within the league.
One proposal is solely to stay establishment. All groups would play everybody as soon as, a layout the BIIF has used since 2013.
Some other is divisional play, which the league used for a length main as much as 2013. Beneath that layout, groups performed handiest others of their department, two times a season in home-and-away video games.
The BIIF additionally may just elect to make use of the (Pink/White/Blue) tiered layout that it’s used prior to now in sports activities comparable to volleyball and football. This layout disregards Department standing, seperating the perennial powers from the less-established methods.
Ka’u athletic director Kalei Namohala informed the Tribune-Usher in final week she was once towards tiers, partly as a result of prior to now it’s hindered the expansion of one of the Trojans’ groups. She favors both a play-all time table or divisional play.
Haliniak is aware of which approach she’s going.
“I’m going to vote for divisions,” she mentioned.
Beneath that layout, some other attention is the composition of D-I and D-II. Ostensibly, Kamehameha and Konawaena – who’ve mixed to win the previous 9 D-II crowns – may just transfer up give to offer D-I six groups (becoming a member of Hilo, Kealakehe, Waiakea, Keaau), leaving Honokaa, Hawaii Prep, Ka’u, Pahoa and Kohala in D-II.
Alternatively, there are different components that pass into that call, cautioned Kamehameha trainer Dan Lyons, who mentioned he hasn’t had many discussions at the layout together with his athletic director, Kimo Weaver.
“We’re going to do what’s splendid for our children and our college,” Lyons mentioned, “however myself, I believe we must keep within the department wherein we splendid have compatibility at the state degree.
“What are different colleges going to do across the state? The place is Lahainaluna? What about Iolani?”
Lahainaluna is the three-time Department II state champ, whilst Iolani received 8 of 10 D-II state crowns earlier than making the transfer to D-I.
A well-liked speaking level towards everyone taking part in each and every different as soon as is the prospective mismatches that may be created right through the 2019 season when colleges comparable to Hilo, the six-time BIIF D-I champion, tackle a former eight-man faculty comparable to Kohala, which was once winless in 2018.
Lyons driven again at the perception that positive matchups must be have shyed away from subsequent season.
“I’m no longer going into the season simply pondering I’m going to overcome anyone,” Lyons mentioned. “That’s silly.”
He pointed to a BIIF recreation the place D-II groups are on the most sensible, albeit in a recreation that calls for a far small roster, basketball. This season, Hawaii Prep and Kohala input the men playoffs with the primary – and third-best information, respectively, at the island.
“There aren’t any assured wins on our time table,” Lyons mentioned. “The ones (eight-man) colleges have excellent avid gamers on their roster. I’m going to organize for them as though they may be able to beat us.”
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