Spectators will not be permitted at Maui Interscholastic League events “effective immediately” due to concerns over COVID-19, the MIL said on Friday.
“All MIL events will be limited to essential attendees only”, the league said in an emailed press release to The Maui News. “Depending on the location, events have been and will continue to be broadcast on NFHS networks or other streaming services offered by schools.
“As the situation remains fluid, the MIL will meet weekly to assess, discuss any issues and / or concerns and determine any adjustments. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
The MIL decision follows similar actions taken earlier this week by the Oahu Interscholastic Association and the Big Island Interscholastic Federation with the number of COVID-19 cases at an all-time high statewide.
Jon Conrad, athletic director of Lahainaluna High School and MIL basketball coordinator, provided a list of 10 games that were postponed this weekend. On Friday afternoon, the only games still scheduled were the Molokai boys’ home games against Lanai on Friday and today, and today’s boys and girls games between King Kekaulike and Kamehameha Maui.
There have been 13 postponed MIL college games so far this season, all but two of them last week.
Conrad told The Maui News that attempts will be made to catch up with the games, but the logistics will be a major challenge. Obstacles include travel, the limited time remaining in the season, and the availability of venues, referees and support staff for new dates.
Conrad also said that with the strong possibility that some teams will play more league games than others, the determination of places in state tournaments will be determined at a later date.
The state women’s basketball tournaments are slated for Oahu in mid-February. The state boys basketball tournaments are held on February 28 and March 3-5 in Oahu.
Canoeing, soccer, wrestling, swimming and diving – for boys and girls – are all set to start competing in the MIL later this month.
* Robert Collias is at [email protected]