Maine high school conference says no to fans at fall games

The Mountain Valley Conference, which is comprised of small, suburban and rural schools in central Maine will not allow fans at high school games this fall.“There’s quite a few folks that feel like we don’t want to deal with fans because it’s just another thing. That’s not the reality. The reality is if we take the fans on, we can’t manage the fans appropriately, especially the size school that I work in and the Mountain Valley Conference,” Winthrop High School Athletic Director Joel Stoneton said.However, some parents believe athletes should be allowed to have one parent attend the games.“If there is too much work to administer a head count, then you give each player one pass and you can pass that to whoever you want, but only one person,” parent Carla Souther said.The Mountain Valley Conference will prescreen everyone involved in games during the fall. Officials said it wouldn’t be feasible to prescreen all the fans.“You have to look at it from a liability sense of how we run our schools. We’re in charge of these people’s children when they are not with them, so we are going to do what needs to be done to keep them safe during the day,” Stoneton said.Souther said fans could social distance and keep everyone safe.“There’s so much distance on a field. We could keep our distance. We could be safe, but to say no spectators seems a little extreme to me,” Souther said.Other schools and conferences will need to make decisions about fans in the coming days.

The Mountain Valley Conference, which is comprised of small, suburban and rural schools in central Maine will not allow fans at high school games this fall.

“There’s quite a few folks that feel like we don’t want to deal with fans because it’s just another thing. That’s not the reality. The reality is if we take the fans on, we can’t manage the fans appropriately, especially the size school that I work in and the Mountain Valley Conference,” Winthrop High School Athletic Director Joel Stoneton said.

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However, some parents believe athletes should be allowed to have one parent attend the games.

“If there is too much work to administer a head count, then you give each player one pass and you can pass that to whoever you want, but only one person,” parent Carla Souther said.

The Mountain Valley Conference will prescreen everyone involved in games during the fall. Officials said it wouldn’t be feasible to prescreen all the fans.

“You have to look at it from a liability sense of how we run our schools. We’re in charge of these people’s children when they are not with them, so we are going to do what needs to be done to keep them safe during the day,” Stoneton said.

Souther said fans could social distance and keep everyone safe.

“There’s so much distance on a field. We could keep our distance. We could be safe, but to say no spectators seems a little extreme to me,” Souther said.

Other schools and conferences will need to make decisions about fans in the coming days.