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Postby WAGM » Fri Sep 22, 2017 3:03 am

More cooperative teams competing

The Maine Principals Association has seen an increase in the number of cooperative team applications this year. Mke Burnham of the MPA says he thinks a change in the enrollment formula is giving more youngsters a chance to compete in a sport that may not be offered by their schools. ... 78543.html
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Re: More cooperative teams competing

Postby Tom Nolette » Sun Dec 17, 2017 4:59 am

A growing trend: High school hockey co-ops are rising in Maine
A number of factors lead to ever-increasing cooperative efforts on the ice.

...“Hockey in the state of Maine is really hurting,” Gagne said last March, addressing what were then just rumors of a Waterville-Winslow co-op, one that would end one of the fiercest rivalries in the game. “It’s so sad for that area. You’re seeing some of the tradition washed away.”

Co-operative boys hockey programs are on the rise in Maine and the number of teams are dwindling. According to the Maine Principals’ Association, co-ops debuted in Maine in 2000, with three of the 46 teams having entered into a partnership. Today, there are just 36 boys hockey teams, and 14 of them — nearly 40 percent — are co-ops.

Why the drastic change?

Observers point to lack of ice availability, rising costs in the sport, as well as declining school enrollments and youth program numbers, as primary factors. ... -in-maine/
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