IIAAG approves school participation in GDOE league

RUGBY INVITED: In this Post file photo, George Washington High School Geckos' EJ Cali advances toward the Father Duenas Memorial School Friars try line during the IIAAG/GRFU boys varsity rugby championship game in March. Post file photo

With very little fanfare, the Independent Interscholastic Athletic Association of Guam opened the door to interleague competition during a special meeting Monday at the Father Duenas Memorial School.

There has been much confusion and debate among the local sports community after the Guam Department of Education made the decision to part ways after a 20-year partnership with IIAAG and conduct their own league in a manner that they felt best befits their athletes. The move was expected to be effective Jan. 1, 2020.

Monday's meeting officially gave interested IIAAG schools the green light to join GDOE and open the door to interleague play. The move was welcomed by GDOE in a press release sent Tuesday afternoon,

“We are excited to welcome other high schools as we launch our new sports league this January,” GDOE Superintendent Jon Fernandez said. “We want to thank the IIAAG for its support and we look forward to hosting a very competitive season during the third quarter.”

Now, interested schools can directly reach out to GDOE ISA and work with them to compete with public schools in the upcoming quarter.

With IIAAG looking to drop softball and rugby from its sports offerings, GDOE is welcoming schools that have teams in those sports and offered to work with players wishing to affiliate with other teams. Additionally, two schools have already reached out to GDOE to discuss participation in the ISA basketball league.

“We have a lot of work to do during the next few weeks, but we have a great transition team in place, and we are looking forward to participation from additional schools,” acting sports program coordinator Al Garrido said. “Our athletic directors and interscholastic administrators have been involved in the entire process and we are excited for a smooth transition and successful season.”

Information was provided in a press release.