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MPA adds third class for lacrosse, volleyball

Postby Tom Nolette » Sun Mar 19, 2017 3:41 am

MPA: Classification committee proposals include adding a third class for lacrosse, volleyball
The five-class football system and a new way to count enrollment for co-operative teams are also forwarded.

Significant changes to three high school sports have cleared a Maine Principals’ Association committee and are expected to move closer to ratification on Tuesday.

The group’s management committee will consider plans for volleyball and lacrosse to expand from two to three classes, and for football to add a fifth class. If approved with no objections from member schools, the MPA’s full membership will vote April 27, with changes taking effect for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 school years.

Declining enrollments across the state continue to be a significant factor in classification. The state’s high school population declined by 12.9 percent between 2006 and 2015, with northern Maine schools hit hardest. Two years ago the changing demographic was the main reason for expanding basketball to five classes.

Currently, 109 of the 153 MPA schools have fewer than 500 students, with 79 having fewer than 300.

The classification committee sets enrollment limits for each class

http://www.pressherald.com/2017/03/19/m ... olleyball/
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MPA eases cooperative team enrollment rule; adds classes for

Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Apr 28, 2017 3:55 am

MPA eases cooperative team enrollment rule; adds classes for volleyball, lacrosse

... The expansion of volleyball and boys and girls lacrosse from two to three classes reflects the continuing statewide growth of those sports.

Volleyball now will have 36 programs divided among three statewide classes next fall, while boys and girls lacrosse each will have Class A North and South regions and statewide Class B and Class C divisions.

Boys lacrosse will have 46 varsity programs statewide next spring, 19 in Class A, 13 in Class B and 14 in Class C. Girls lacrosse will have 47 varsity teams in 2018, 19 in Class A, 12 in Class B and 16 in Class C.

Also approved by the MPA’s general membership was the addition of a fifth, developmental class for high school football beginning this fall.

http://bangordailynews.com/2017/04/27/s ... -lacrosse/
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