MPA won’t sponsor football, volleyball under newly released fall high school sports guidelines

The Maine Principals’ Association said it will not be able to sponsor tackle football or volleyball this fall under new guidelines for high school sports released on Thursday.The MPA has been working with the Mills administration and the Maine School Superintendents Association after the state said the MPA’s initial guidance did not fully conform with its coronavirus health and safety protocols.MPA officials said the new guidelines now honor state safety guidelines.The fall sports guidance plan now faces a second round of votes through MPA committees.The MPA said it will work to try to provide volleyball and tackle football in the late winter and early spring.The MPA said schools may provide a flag or touch football program during the fall.Schools may also promote competitions like punt, pass, and kick or some form of an ironman competition to keep students active.Volleyball, if played outside, could be offered in the fall. Other fall sports, like cross country, soccer and field hockey can be offered.The MPA said any county designated yellow or red cannot hold practices or games. York County is the only county in the state currently designated yellow.School districts will have the final say on whether fall sports are played.Schools that do hold events must adhere to the state’s limit on gatherings, which is 50 for indoor and 100 for outdoor, or fewer if social distancing can’t be maintained.All athletes, other than those involved in the game, coaches, officials, staff, and spectators must always wear a mask. This includes officials wearing a mask during the contest, officials said.Also, no inside practices are to be held this fall. Should there be inclement weather, teams may not move inside for a practice, the MPA said.

The Maine Principals’ Association said it will not be able to sponsor tackle football or volleyball this fall under new guidelines for high school sports released on Thursday.

The MPA has been working with the Mills administration and the Maine School Superintendents Association after the state said the MPA’s initial guidance did not fully conform with its coronavirus health and safety protocols.

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MPA officials said the new guidelines now honor state safety guidelines.

The fall sports guidance plan now faces a second round of votes through MPA committees.

The MPA said it will work to try to provide volleyball and tackle football in the late winter and early spring.

The MPA said schools may provide a flag or touch football program during the fall.

Schools may also promote competitions like punt, pass, and kick or some form of an ironman competition to keep students active.

Volleyball, if played outside, could be offered in the fall. Other fall sports, like cross country, soccer and field hockey can be offered.

The MPA said any county designated yellow or red cannot hold practices or games. York County is the only county in the state currently designated yellow.

School districts will have the final say on whether fall sports are played.

Schools that do hold events must adhere to the state’s limit on gatherings, which is 50 for indoor and 100 for outdoor, or fewer if social distancing can’t be maintained.

All athletes, other than those involved in the game, coaches, officials, staff, and spectators must always wear a mask. This includes officials wearing a mask during the contest, officials said.

Also, no inside practices are to be held this fall. Should there be inclement weather, teams may not move inside for a practice, the MPA said.