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Running with the Big Dog

Does Size Matter?

    HBA defeated Hilo in volleyball at the Division II state championship.  Should size matter when playing Division I or Division II?  Currently no rules govern a sports teams decision to play and some small schools are upset. 

Hawaii Baptist Academy defeated Hilo in Division II volleyball

Hawaii Baptist Academy defeated Hilo in Division II volleyball

High school sports were divided into Division I and Division II a few years ago and there are no rules governing which division a school might play in.  Not only that, a school can play Division I football and participate in Division II volleyball, which is the case with Hilo High.

    An interesting article on the subject appears today in both the Hawaii Tribune-Herald and West Hawaii Today and part of the story from West Hawaii is reprinted below.

   School size still doesn’t matter

Hiada defeats proposal to classify schools by enrollment
HONOLULU — Small Big Island schools — frustrated with having to face powerhouse programs on Oahu backed by larger enrollments in Hawaii High School Athletic Association state tournaments — must wait at least one more year before the playing field is leveled, at least in terms of comparable school size.

A Big Island Interscholastic Federation proposal to classify schools in divisions based on enrollment or population was defeated in committee Friday at the 49th annual Hawaii Interscholastic Athletic Directors Association meetings here in Honolulu.

The population-based proposal was initially defeated in a straw-vote poll in committee Thursday at the HIADA meetings. On Friday, the proposal was officially voted on by the committee and was easily defeated.

To read the rest of the story go to www.westhawaiitoday.com

June 13, 2009 - Posted by | Editorial | , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. Shame on you Hilo H.S…
    Division II for Volleyball??
    You are the biggest school on this island!
    Is there pride in winning when you play the
    small schools?

    Comment by RAJ | June 13, 2009 | Reply


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