BANGOR – In accordance with calls for social distancing to slow the spread of coronavirus, Maine high school athletes will likely have an abbreviated spring season.
As cancellations flooded in throughout the week, Friday’s decision from the Maine Principals Association felt inevitable. “The biggest thing was us just being scared about the season being canceled all together, so like I said a lot of us kind of cried, but we’re good now,” said Brewer softball senior Kenzie Dore.
The MPA announced on Friday that the start of spring pre-season practices will be delayed from March 30 until at least April 27 in accordance with an encouragement of social distancing. “We were glad it was worded the way that it was worded, delayed start instead of canceling the whole thing, now the next step is really important, to come out of this with a plan,” said Brewer High School athletic director and MPA baseball committee chair David Utterback.
Committees for MPA sanctioned spring sports are meeting in Augusta on Monday to discuss the specifics on how the abbreviated seasons will look once they get under way. “Basically I would say that everything that’s on the table in terms of a spring sports schedule is gone and we’re just going to start fresh, hopefully start something on Monday and start the process so on April 27th we can have some practices and then start the season,” said Hermon High School athletic director and MPA softball committee member Rick Sinclair.
Athletic administrators across the state will have a unique challenge of working with one another to fill out schedule once the season is set. “In many cases, why I got in to administration is the ploy of the unknown, having to use your creative mind to figure out the puzzle is something that’s going to come to use,” said Old Town High School athletic director Jeremy Bousquets.
With this news, seniors in their final year with their teams will still get the opportunity to have a last run with teammates and friends. “The important thing is that its shortened not canceled, just lose four or five games, lose a couple weeks and still have the end of our season, which is what’s important anyway, you play the beginning of the season for the end of the season,” said Brewer baseball senior Trevor Pearson.