AUGUSTA/STATEWIDE – The Maine Principals Association is continuing to roll out its plan for summer work outs with more details released Thursday about phase three, phase four and beyond.
Phase three of summer workouts for all athletes will begin Monday, August 3. The phase is being presented as “Phase 2B.” This third phase of summer workouts will last from August 3-21.
Athletes will remain in the same pods of 10 they have been training in throughout the summer, but will allow for sport specific equipment to be introduced for certain drills. Groups of ten athletes at a time will now be allowed to practice indoors.
Phase four picks up August 24 until preseason activities begin the week of September 7. This phase will be open to only fall sports athletes, while the first three phases were open to all athletes. This decision by the MPA Indicates a commitment to keeping close to a traditional fall schedule
“As of July 30, yes, the plan is to have every fall sport, there willl be some modification to the season but every fall season is on the table right now,” said Hermon athletic director Rick Sinclair.
Many schools, including Hermon, have already committed to delaying school sponsored training until August, and have not participated in the first two phases of workouts. The Hawks will not return until at least August 24.
The modifications made to fall sports schedules will apply to all teams that play during the upcoming semester.
Soccer, field hockey and volleyball teams will play a maximum of 10 games, with no minimum number of games required.
Football teams across Maine will look to play six games in seven weeks.
All of the protocols are meant to ensure the chance at a season for fall sports athletes.
“I think the work that has been done has been endless, has been tremendous, I think they’ve really spent a lot of time this summer trying to put a plan together so we can offer these kids something when they come back to school,” said Orono High School athletic director Mike Archer.