AUGUSTA – We are still under two months away from the start date of the high school winter sports seasons, but the Maine Principals’ Association had released its finalized guidelines for the upcoming season.
All winter sports, with the exception of wrestling, are approved to begin practice in December, and hold their first games on Jan. 11.
The protocols for each sport still must be approved by individual school districts ahead of starting practice next month, and are also subject to change as state COVID-19 protocols change.
All participants, players, coaches, and officials must wear a face mask, with the exception of swimmers.
No spectators will be allowed for any indoor competition, keeping with state gathering mandates. Spectators will be permitted for ski events, so long as those events stay withing the 100 person outdoor gathering limit.
Just like fall sports, any schools in counties deemed “yellow” or “red” by the Maine Department of Education will not be able to practice or compete until the county turns “green.”
Wrestling and indoor volleyball will take place during a “tweener” season, between the traditional winter and spring seasons, starting in late February.
Ice hockey and basketball will be allowed a maximum of 12 games, and state championship tournaments will not be held this season, according to Mike Burnham, MPA executive director.
Individual sport protocols will be examined individually, in the coming days on ABC 7 and Fox 22.