Conditioning activities allowed to begin for Maine high school sports

Phase one of the Maine Principals’ Association’s restart of high school athletics and activities began on Monday.For the first time since March, teams outside of Cumberland and York counties were allowed to gather, but under new health and safety protocols. Activities in those two counties resume Aug. 3.Members of Lewiston High School gathered in groups of 10 for workouts.”It’s really nice to see people I, like, haven’t seen in so long, and even get back into sports,” Lewiston senior soccer player Gemma Landry said.The MPA is only allowing conditioning activities for the next four weeks, and in groups no larger than 10.”It may seem like I’m being really strict with our guidelines, but as you know, it’s only going to take one or two, if not one or two girls. It could end up being more, and the program could possibly shut down for a short period of time if it grows quickly,” Coach Jeff Akerly said.As one of the first high schools to begin training, the players said they feel a sense of responsibility to get it right.”It feels like it all falls on us, and we are setting the example of summer training and what other schools should look like,” senior player Abby Svor said.While workouts are underway, the players and coaches aren’t sure what the season will look like.”I’m worried about other schools not having a season, because obviously if this goes well, we can probably have one, but if there aren’t other teams to play we can’t really have soccer, so,” player Sydney Roy said.

Phase one of the Maine Principals’ Association’s restart of high school athletics and activities began on Monday.

For the first time since March, teams outside of Cumberland and York counties were allowed to gather, but under new health and safety protocols. Activities in those two counties resume Aug. 3.

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Members of Lewiston High School gathered in groups of 10 for workouts.

“It’s really nice to see people I, like, haven’t seen in so long, and even get back into sports,” Lewiston senior soccer player Gemma Landry said.

The MPA is only allowing conditioning activities for the next four weeks, and in groups no larger than 10.

“It may seem like I’m being really strict with our guidelines, but as you know, it’s only going to take one or two, if not one or two girls. It could end up being more, and the program could possibly shut down for a short period of time if it grows quickly,” Coach Jeff Akerly said.

As one of the first high schools to begin training, the players said they feel a sense of responsibility to get it right.

“It feels like it all falls on us, and we are setting the example of summer training and what other schools should look like,” senior player Abby Svor said.

While workouts are underway, the players and coaches aren’t sure what the season will look like.

“I’m worried about other schools not having a season, because obviously if this goes well, we can probably have one, but if there aren’t other teams to play we can’t really have soccer, so,” player Sydney Roy said.