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MPA changes course, allows coaches to speak with athletes

Postby MBRRadio » Thu Mar 19, 2020 9:31 pm

On Monday, the Maine Principals’ Association announced that the hands-off period, usually two weeks before the upcoming season, will be extended all the way to April 27, the date the Maine spring sports season was postponed to last Friday in the wake of the coronavirus.

This means that “there should not be any organized team activity between now and the start of the spring season,” according to the MPA’s memo sent to coaches.

Coaches understand that being in groups at this time is unsafe, but many coaches wish they could give workout plans to athletes during this time away from school and sports.

Brunswick High School’s new boys lacrosse coach, Jason Miller, was only able to meet with his team once before the season was postponed and the hands-off period extended.

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Re: MPA changes course, allows coaches to speak with athlete

Postby MBRRadio » Fri Mar 27, 2020 8:45 pm

MPA changes course, allows coaches to speak with athletes
Maine high school coaches now can talk to players about workouts, but cannot recommend any team activities.

With the start of the high school spring sports season on hold until April 27 because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Maine Principals’ Association has loosened its hands-off restrictions and will allow coaches to communicate with their athletes.

In a meeting on Friday, the MPA established a set of guidelines for coaches to follow when communicating with their athletes. Previously, the MPA said the delayed start to the spring season should be treated as a hands-off period, which prohibits contact between coaches and athletes.

“Coaches play a pretty important role with athletes and athletes have been reaching out to them. We want to support that, but we needed to create guidelines, too,” said MPA Executive Director Mike Burnham. “We’re making sure they follow all district policies regarding social media, as well as the directives from the state and the Maine CDC.”

Dave Utterback, the Brewer High athletic director and chair of the MPA’s baseball committee, said it only made sense to do this. “What we’re seeing now is a lot of remote learning from an academic standpoint,” he said. “Athletics are an extension of the classroom. This is an opportunity for coaches to remotely teach and stay in touch with the kids they work with.”

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