On Tuesday, Cumberland County superintendents introduced that colleges couldn’t start fall sports activities till at the least Aug. three due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Colleges in different counties, nevertheless, can begin to maintain small group exercises on July 6 as a part of the Maine Principals’ Affiliation subsequent part of reopening highschool sports activities.
The MPA announced final week a four-phase reopening plan that allowed conditioning packages to start in individual on Monday, however with none sport-specific drills. Moreover, student-athletes could be positioned in “pods” of 10, and could be required to remain collectively throughout all of the exercises.
At Brunswick Excessive Faculty, which is in Cumberland County, the announcement means student-athletes should wait a little bit longer to get collectively.
“It’s form of unfair for all the colleges in Cumberland county,” Brunswick soccer coach Dan Cooper stated. “The MPA has a four-stage development and the primary two weeks is all you are able to do is train, no sports activities particular drills. These folks in Cumberland county can’t do this… A golfer, they will go proper to enjoying. Everybody else, their drills are like basketball, you’ll be able to’t share a ball, you’ll be able to’t have anybody get your rebound… I’ve simply been consistently adjusting. They only got here out with the plan final week then I made my plans in keeping with that then we acquired bumped one other two weeks.”
Cooper continues to be planning on persevering with to have Zoom conferences along with his gamers.
“I can contact them, Zoom and stuff on-line, however July 6 would have been the primary day we might meet and get collectively,” Cooper stated. “Now different colleges will be capable to do this and coaching. At this level we simply wish to get the youngsters collectively to start out coaching. Most of our children have been working the identical offense and protection for a pair years, so for us it’s the coaching. They haven’t been capable of prepare collectively… So long as now we have a season we can be blissful.”
Throughout the Androscoggin River, Mt. Ararat soccer will get collectively subsequent week. Coach Frank True doesn’t consider there’s an excessive amount of of a bonus for his staff as the subsequent two weeks can be spent on conditioning.
“I don’t suppose there can be a lot of a bonus and right here’s why,” True stated. “You’ll be able to solely meet with 10 youngsters at a time and all you are able to do is conditioning. The primary two weeks is conditioning, not sports activities particular. On the finish of the day it’s good to get along with the youngsters. As soon as an athlete chooses a pod to go to, he can’t change. He has to choose and may’t change sports activities. With all of the stuff happening, I anticipate us getting collectively a number of occasions.”
True isn’t positive what number of gamers will present up for in-person exercises as different sports activities can be holding practices, as properly, so his soccer staff can be competing for participation with basketball, lacrosse and others.
Lisbon soccer coach Chris Kates was shocked by the ruling. The Greyhounds can be holding practices two occasions every week, however Kates stated that his summers are targeted on sport plan set up.
“To be sincere, I feel if sure colleges can’t do it they need to most likely cancel all people,” Kates stated. “It does elevate questions on a aggressive imbalance so I’m shocked that there are two completely different approaches. This complete factor has been new for everyone so I feel they’re writing the principles as they go and 10 years in the past we don’t have all of the summer time stuff that now we have now so it wouldn’t have been the top of the world in the event that they stated no contact till double classes. I’m extra in favor of an excellent enjoying subject.”
In different sports activities, coaches are planning for Monday and have been maintaining in contact with athletic administrators and gamers with every passing replace.
“We’re taking a look at easy methods to do something across the MPA pointers,” Wiscasset boys soccer coach Chris Coussette stated. “Our summer time league hasn’t accomplished something, we postponed every little thing and I haven’t heard something again but. As of proper now I don’t have any classes deliberate till I can get again along with my AD to see what we’d do and to see what our college’s plan is.”
At Richmond, women soccer coach Troy Kendrick has been updating his gamers by a gaggle chat his staff has and in addition group video chats.
“They’ve been good and I prefer it from a standpoint that they pester me about enjoying, they wish to play,” Kendrick stated. “It’s good to listen to that they miss it and wish to be out on the sphere. Among the youngsters on the finish of college took the lead with conditioning and so they did the Nike problem and recorded their occasions. They’ve been doing stuff like that and now we have a gaggle chat so the gamers can preserve involved with one another. They’re nervous and apprehensive about getting began. They hearken to the information and their mother and father about issues.”
Kendrick had a video chat assembly along with his seniors on Monday to speak in regards to the upcoming summer time, simply one in every of many talks they’ve had as new info continues to sputter in.
“I met with my seniors and we have been laughing and I stated, ‘I do know this isn’t usually what we do,’” Kendrick stated. “We now have a schedule for the summer time league and usually we follow and play a pair occasions every week and the youngsters love that. I can use it to take a look at completely different combos and formations and have a look at your freshmen.”
“It’s been robust as a result of the ADs will inform me one thing after which I’ll share it with the youngsters after which a day or two later issues will change. The knowledge has come out in drips and it’s form of robust to remain abreast with issues. Attempting to do every little thing we are able to and I do know the MPA is to maintain the youngsters secure and wholesome as a result of I need this to be over with, however it’s been robust.
Retaining your fingers crossed that we are going to play this fall.”
Whereas soccer, subject hockey and soccer regulate to modifications, some fall sports activities resembling golf can extra simply be competed with social distancing.
“I feel golf is form of distinctive,” Mt. Ararat golf coach Gerry Caron stated. “I educate on the Brunswick golf course so I see loads of my youngsters on a regular basis. I don’t exit and educate them and instruct them however it’s a, ‘Hi there, how are you, how’s your sport?’ Loads of the opposite groups, soccer soccer, subject hockey get in with loads of conditioning in the summertime. Our children don’t have a interval the place we have to do this as a result of they’re both enjoying in tournaments or enjoying on the course. I do know all my youngsters are enjoying as a result of I see them enjoying. They know what’s anticipated of them in the event that they wish to compete and get higher and proceed what we’ve accomplished over the previous couple of years.”