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HHSAA requires coaches to take a Concussion in Sports course

HHSAA requires concussion education for all state tournament coaches

HONOLULU – In an August 13, 2012 meeting, the HHSAA board approved a provision that all coaches – head coaches, assistants and volunteers – participating in any HHSAA state championship event complete the NFHS online concussion education course. 

 “It is the responsibility of our coaches and administrators to not only prepare our student athletes for victory, but to provide a safe environment as well,” said HHSAA Executive Director Chris Chun.

 The free 30-minute course titled Concussion In Sports – What You Need to Know is available on the NFHS learning center website, nfhslearn.com, and is a collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) providing information on concussion recognition and management.  If a coach fails to complete the course, he/she will not be allowed on the sideline during the event until the course has been successfully completed.

 “I am very pleased that our Board recognized the severity of concussions in athletics and included this course as part of the coaching certification process in Hawaii,” said Chun.  “The NFHS’s concussion course provides a strong foundation that will prepare our coaches to deal with concussions in collaboration with our athletic trainers and other health care professionals.”

 The HHSAA launched a concussion awareness and education campaign in August with a 30-second PSA aired on OC16 as well as a concussion resource page on SportsHigh.com.


September 15, 2012 Posted by | Health and Fitness | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Outrigger becomes Title Sponsor of HHSAA Soccer State Championships

Outrigger Hotels & Resorts Named Title Sponsor  of the HHSAA Soccer State Championships

HONOLULU – Chris Chun, executive director of the Hawaii High School Athletic Association (HHSAA) is pleased to announce that Outrigger Hotels and Resorts has been named the title sponsor of the Hawaii High School Athletic Association Soccer State Championships and the official hospitality partner of the HHSAA.

 “Outrigger Hotels and Resorts is a long-time supporter of our island communities, and we are excited that they have joined forces with HHSAA as a corporate sponsor,” said Chun. “Outrigger and HHSAA share the same views on the importance and benefits of athletic opportunities for our youth, which makes this a great partnership.

 “The entire Outrigger ohana is excited to support Hawaii’s youth through this partnership with HHSAA,” said David Carey, president and CEO of Outrigger Enterprises Group “We value the role of athletics in teaching our keiki about teamwork, sportsmanship and taking pride in our community.”

“This year Outrigger celebrates its 65th anniversary of providing hospitality services to kamaaina and travelers from across the globe,” Carey continued. “An integral part of our company culture has always involved giving back to our island communities, and we are excited to add the sponsorship of HHSAA and the HHSAA Soccer State Championships during this milestone year.”

The girls’ championship game is scheduled for February 1 – 4, 2012, and features Division I and II tournaments consisting of 12 teams each. The boys’ tournament takes place two weeks later, February 15 – 18, 2012, with a 12-team Division I bracket and an eight-team Division II bracket. Both girls and boys tournaments are held at Waipio Peninsula Soccer Complex on Oahu.

Eight of the girls and boys soccer matches will be televised to a statewide audience live on OC16 and to a worldwide audience streaming online at www.oc16.tv.

About the HHSAA

The HHSAA is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) and the governing body of high school athletics, consisting of 97 public and private high schools statewide and its more than 30,000 student-athletes. Each year, the HHSAA operates 44 state championship tournaments including unique championships to the state of Hawaii such as outrigger canoe paddling and judo.


January 28, 2012 Posted by | Soccer | , , , , | Leave a comment

Kahuku Football Team Grounded from State Championship Play

State Champion, Kahuku, suspended from play offs

A Message From HHSAA Executive Director Chris Chun: ————————————————————————————————————————————————————-P.O. BOX 62029 􀁺 HONOLULU, HAWAI I 96839

The HHSAA has been closely monitoring the developing situation concerning the Oahu Interscholastic Association’s ruling that Kahuku High School is ineligible to participate in any further varsity football games this season. While this situation is extremely unfortunate for everyone involved, the HHSAA will support the OIA’s ruling and proceed with the upcoming First Hawaiian Bank/HHSAA Football State Championship as planned. Based upon the statewide league representation formula, the OIA shall be awarded three berths in the tournament. Mililani, which was declared the OIA Red Champion, will receive the OIA’s seeded berth. The remaining schools, Waianae and Leilehua will play on Saturday to determine who will be placed as the OIA’s second and third teams. Complete tournament brackets will be released tonight on OC16’s broadcast between Kaimuki and Kalaheo as well as e-mailed to the statewide media outlets and posted on sportshigh.com.-hhsaa-


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November 5, 2010 Posted by | Events | , , , , | Leave a comment