AUGUSTA – We are just over one month away from what would the first high school basketball practices of the season, but as of Thursday we have no inclination either way if we have any winter sports starting in November. Friday could bring some answers for high school athletes and coaches.
Maine Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Jeanne Lambrew and Maine Principals’ Association Executive Director Mike Burnham have both confirmed the MPA will be meeting with state agencies on Friday to work towards a decision on winter sports.
In the decision making for fall sports, the MPA was given the opportunity to set its own guidelines for review by the state. Those initial guidelines were rejected and subsequent meetings with the state dragged out the process.
Lambrew says the groups will operate more efficiently this time around. “It was not an ideal situation over the summer, we didn’t quite have everything synced up from the start, but we got there in the end, so we are hoping the process will improve and I will note that we try to learn as we go.”