One of many matters of debate among the many 33 athletic administrators at Thursday’s Penobscot Valley Convention conferences was the potential of having playoff video games involving colleges in shut proximity to one another following their 10-game common season schedule for soccer and area hockey groups.
However that subject is now off the desk because the Maine Principals’ Affiliation’s Interscholastic Administration Committee selected Tuesday to maintain the restrict at 10 video games, with that quantity together with playoff video games.
The ten regular-season sport restrict for soccer and area hockey, which was prompted by COVID-19 security protocols, is 4 video games fewer than a standard common season schedule.
The MPA had canceled regional playoff video games and state championship contests in these sports activities, though MPA-sanctioned golf and cross nation state championships will likely be held.
There aren’t any area hockey groups in Aroostook County, however the Aroostook League must decide about soccer. It authorised an eight-game regular-season schedule for its two soccer divisions, giant colleges and small colleges, and was going to have quarterfinals, semifinals and championship video games for girls and boys groups in every division.
They will nonetheless have quarterfinals and semifinals, however the championship video games could be the eleventh for the groups concerned.
The Aroostook League hoped to obtain a waiver from the MPA to permit them to play these championship video games.
That received’t occur now.
Mike Bisson, the assistant govt director of the MPA, mentioned they’ve had some requests to develop the variety of video games by one or two they usually explored that possibility.
“However the best way issues have gone for some components of the state, it isn’t prudent to offer some colleges much more video games when others haven’t performed in any respect,” he mentioned, referring to York and Oxford counties, the place coronavirus circumstances have shut down extracurricular actions.
“We put out our [10-game schedule] tips and it wouldn’t ship the precise message to make exceptions,” he added.
Colleges in York and Oxford counties had their coloration designation downgraded from inexperienced to yellow, which signifies a average degree of threat to the group and requires the implementation of extra precautions equivalent to suspending extracurricular actions and competitions between colleges.
Penobscot Valley Convention athletic administrators had beforehand mentioned playoffs involving as many as eight groups in a division in soccer and 6 in area hockey. There would have been quarterfinals, semifinals and a championship sport. Groups that misplaced within the quarterfinals may need even been given an additional sport in opposition to one other quarterfinal-round loser.
With Nov. 14 being the final day of competitors allowed, many of the colleges locked of their 10-game common season schedules by Oct. 26 so they might have two weeks for the playoffs if it turned a actuality.
“I can perceive the place [the MPA] is coming from,” Orono Athletic Director Mike Archer mentioned. “There are lots of colleges within the state that aren’t getting the chance we’re by no fault of their very own. We had been making an attempt to offer the youngsters a bit further competitors and put a bit extra which means into the season [with playoffs]. It might have made it really feel like extra of an actual season.”
However Archer added that they knew all the things would have needed to fall into place to get the playoff format authorised by the MPA.
“The nice factor is we left all this room on the again finish of our schedule, so if we get any rainouts, we can reschedule past Oct. 26,” he mentioned.
Archer added that he doesn’t suppose his student-athletes will likely be too upset by the information.
“They’re blissful simply to be taking part in proper now,” Archer mentioned.
The Aroostook League seems to have two choices: sticking with its schedule and never having championship video games, or ditching the playoffs and including common season video games so groups can attain 10.
“The league must work out the place to go from right here,” Presque Isle Athletic Director Mark White mentioned.
“I’ve no sick will towards anyone. We’re simply glad to have the ability to play 10 video games. It’s rather a lot higher than final spring,” mentioned White, referring to the truth that spring sports activities had been canceled by the COVID-19 pandemic.