Who do you like in The Masters?/Future of the OIA

April 6th, 2011

I’m thinking Phil Mickelson wins, but not counting out Tiger Woods.

Is Woods toast? I’ve heard his putting is poor now and he can’t hit the ball straight.

Ian Poulter ripping him might be just what he needs to get it together, regain his confidence and forget about any lingering distractions.


The following is long, but worth reading if you care about the future of Hawaii high school sports. Tom Haynes, a keen observer of the local preps scene, raises several pertinent questions in response to today’s column about the OIA at a crossroads with director Dwight Toyama’s retirement.

A topic that needs lots of attention — the OIA needs a real leader (not a former DOE anything) who perceives the OIA’s most important customers as being the student/athletes themselves.  The OIA needs

greatly enhanced transparency (it is a public school league after all) – from its media relations to a total re-do of its website.  As in, make it user friendly — an approach which should be inculcated (is that really a
word??) throughout anything and everything the OIA does.

The OIA should support, if not actually push for, the HHSAA to become a true statewide ruling body which oversees all five leagues.  (The current status quo of the OIA/ILH trading political favors back and forth to continue to dominate high school athletics statewide is reprehensible.)

Which might happen if the OIA dumped its top-down (typical bureaucratic) mission statement and instead rewrote its mission statement to focus on the needs of its customers, and why not back it with a vision statement — both of which should be prominently displayed on its website’s landing page.
(The current mission statement is found at the bottom of the “About OIA” tab — after its listing of phone numbers . . .)

And why does the OIA Foundation (essential to the OIA’s financial health) tend to work essentially as an elitist organization which, in all practicality, works to keep out the average public school citizen. (And, by
the way, just how much does that full-page ad every year cost….???  When I made the inquiry a couple years back now, I did get a timely response in the form of a letter from Dwight — although he managed not to include the cost in dollars).  A whole new approach to fundraising needs to be formulated (it would of course include the OIA Foundation, instead of using the foundation as its sole fundraising apparatus).

Streamline classificiation (and how about an explanation of the current formula on the OIA website?  Which should include which teams are D-I and D-II for the current school year); streamline play-offs (so that the regular season is also important — especially when it’s $5 admission per adult in sports like basketball ); ensure balance between fall/winter/spring sports (the extended football season — thru states — hurts the so-called pre-season basketball tournaments (which traditionally have been huge fan favorites); work to enhance the coaching experience (education and pay); elevate the importance of improving facilities in the public’s eye (for example, why not make any given facility’s condition a consideration in classification — which I think, eventually, should be primarily based on student population statewide); stop the institutionalized degradation of D-II on all fronts; and why not begin to create a network of student position SIDs and staff at each school (who would support the ADs and coaches and help ease the flow of information and game reports).  There’s
plenty more.

The basic structure of the OIA is no doubt in place.  But as you point out the OIA needs creative, forward-thinking elements put in play.  Easy to say, eh?

And just who determines who the new exec dir of the OIA will be??

And is Chris Chun satisfied with the way things are over at the HHSAA??

8 Responses to “Who do you like in The Masters?/Future of the OIA”

  1. aaronavilla:

    at first glance, i thought you wrote that Tiger Woods had to forget about “lingerie” distractions…

  2. aaronavilla:

    RE: the future of the OIA

    remember the other year when highschool sports were in danger of being cancelled because of budget cuts, and then Keith Amemiya drove the Save Our Sports campaign which was successful? Did the campaign do anything other than “getting the word out” that the public schools needed money and then simply “asking” people to help out? not really, when you think about it. people respond to worthy causes, but you gotta make them aware of what’s going on and you can’t be afraid to ask for the help you need. If the OIA could take some of the advice above and be more open and be more transparent and be more accomodating to the students that it is meant to serve, people would be willing to continue to help in return. The challenge is getting the people in charge to WANT to change.

  3. Mac Nugget:

    Tiga!!! All the way. Or the Korean kid. Call it reverse discrimination, but I always cheer for the men of color. Sorry, Fuzzy…

    BTW: I am becoming a Gib Arnold fan after reading that he has booked some games in Asia.
    Awesome!!! I like where he is going with his team.

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