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Update on Summer Programming Guidelines

posted Jun 9, 2020, 9:47 AM by Floyd Wygant   [ updated Jun 9, 2020, 9:55 AM ]

TO:  MPA Schools

FROM:  Mike Burnham & Mike Bisson 

DATE:  June 3, 2020

RE:  Update on Summer Programming Guidelines

This memo is sent to each of you as an update on the work that is currently taking place within the MPA Sports Medicine Committee and the suggested guidelines for summer programming.  Some may ask why the MPA would become involved in guidelines for summer programs when it is not something that we have done in the past.  Please know that this work is being done with the goal of being able to return back to school in the fall and to be able to offer the co-curricular programming that is such a vital part of the educational process!  The committee has been working on a weekly basis, with a great deal of work being done between each meeting, to develop guidelines for schools that align with the recommendations from federal, state, and local government.  We understand that athletes, coaches, parents, and community members are looking to you for answers but as Dr. Anthony Fauci stated, “the virus will make the decision for all of us” as to whether schools will be able to reopen and sports will return.  As you all know any recommendations and guidelines are certainly subject to change as what is happening with the spread of the virus changes.  The guidelines that will be recommended are not meant to be restrictive but rather to hopefully create discussion within your district and community as you make decisions on what will be allowed in your schools and communities.  The committee is taking their time to develop a deliberate, sensible, thought-out reopening plan that both parents and educators are confident in, otherwise the work will have been for naught.

Below please find a few topics that have been discussed:

  • Through June 13 we remain in the spring season and only spring coaches should be providing individual, sport-specific workouts to athletes.  All other coaches are allowed to communicate with students but should be focusing on the health and well-being of the athletes and encouraging them to remain active and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
  • Starting on June 14, and running through July 5, all coaches may start coaching virtually, recommending individual training sessions that focus on individual skill development.  This time is considered a hands-off period for coaches and they should not be working with athletes in outside programs.
  • Starting on July 6 we will begin to allow coaches to work directly with athletes.  These guidelines will be available to you in the very near future.
  • The hands-off period that would have occurred from August 3-16 has been waived and guidelines regarding that two-week period will be provided to schools soon.
  • We understand that there are now numerous outside groups that are offering programs.  These programs are not a part of a school-based educational program and we have no jurisdiction over their operation.  A decision about participation in these programs is one that must be made by each family.  The decision about the use of school facilities is a local decision and not one made by the Maine Principals’ Association.
  • We encourage all districts to begin developing their reopening plan prior to the in-person instruction that can occur on July 6.
    • Review all district and community facility use policies.
    • Communicate with your central office about insurance policies regarding facility use during this pandemic.
    • Secure educational materials to share with coaches so that they may communicate with athletes about the virus.
    • Make sure the necessary cleaning and disinfecting materials that will be needed are available.
    • Communicate with the health professionals within the district regarding medical supplies and equipment and having those supplies available.
    • Review all of your Emergency Action Plans and make sure that they have been updated to include COVID-19.
    • Confirm that an AED will be available once in-person workouts begin.
  • We realize that there have been conversations about the possibility of moving some of the high risk sports offered in the fall into the spring season and moving some of the lower risk spring sports into the fall.  At this point in time that has not been a topic of conversation with our committee.  We are hoping to be able to maintain a fall season with all the sports being available.  As we move into the late spring and early summer, and it appears that we might lose some fall sports, the conversation will take place.
  • Review your policy regarding pre-participation physical exams.  There is a concern that many communities may see a significant delay in routine medical care, including physical exams for athletes.  Schools may want to consider allowing a 1-year extension for those athletes whose physical will “expire” during the 2020-2021 school year.  Those students would still be required to submit the Health History Questionnaire that is required during the years in which a physical is not required.  Any student that is a first-time participant, or has been ill with the virus, should be required to have a physical exam.
  • We would also recommend that schools allow coaches that need to renew their CPR/AED certification to be allowed to complete only the online version of the renewal and that the hands-on requirement be waived.  Any coach that has not been certified in the past should complete the entire certification process

Please know that a draft of the guidelines has been completed and will be vetted through a workgroup consisting of superintendents, principals, athletic administrators, medical providers, and the Department of Education.  This assures that these guidelines have been reviewed, and hopefully supported, by all stakeholders.  Once this review has been completed, and suggested changes made, they will be released to all schools.


Patty Newman
Executive Assistant

Maine Principals' Association
50 Industrial Drive
Augusta, ME 04330

Sadly, the MPA Announces Cancelation of Spring Sports

posted Apr 9, 2020, 2:09 PM by Floyd Wygant   [ updated Apr 9, 2020, 2:12 PM ]

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Today, the MPA canceled the spring sports season.

We share the disappointment of our student-athletes and their coaches, but also know this decision was made with the greatest concern for their long-term health and community well-being.  

Be well and stay safe!

Heidi Bernier, CAA
Athletic Director
Waterville Senior and Junior High Schools

April 9, 2020 | For Immediate Release


Contact Person:  Mike Burnham, Executive Director, Maine Principals’ Association


It is with regret that the Maine Principals’ Association announces the cancellation of the 2020 spring athletic season.  Please know that this was not a decision that was taken lightly, but one that the leadership at the MPA felt necessary to help support the recommendations from our Governor’s Office, the Maine CDC, and Commissioner Makin, and the Department of Education, that schools across the state not come back in session and provide remote and distance learning opportunities for the remainder of the school year.  We understand the importance that these athletic and performing arts programs play in the lives of students, their families, and their communities, but also recognize that these education-based activities are a part of the overall educational experience and at this time of uncertainty to adhere with the recommendations of staying at home, maintaining social distancing, and avoiding face-to-face instruction and large group gatherings, is crucial for us to persevere.

We want to recognize the efforts of the hard-working dedicated educators across the entire state as they provide distance learning opportunities to students in Pre-K through 12th grade and to thank them for their work during this COVID-19 crisis.  We also want to recognize the important role that coaches and advisors play in the lives of our young people and would encourage them to continue to reach out to their team members to provide the emotional support that so many students need during this time of uncertainty.

The Maine Principals’ Association is a professional association representing Maine’s K-12 principals, assistant principals, and career and technology center directors.  The Association dates to 1921 and focuses its work on promoting the principalship, supporting principals as educational leaders, and promoting and administering interscholastic activities in grades 9-12.


Michael Burnham
Executive Director – Interscholastic Division

Maine Principals' Association

What does coronavirus mean for college recruiting?

posted Apr 3, 2020, 2:13 PM by Floyd Wygant

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Central Maine Boys Swimmer of the Year: Eric Booth, Waterville/Winslow

posted Mar 25, 2020, 11:58 AM by Floyd Wygant

I hope you all are well.

I wanted to send a shout out and share that a congratulations is in order for Eric Booth, a Winslow High School student and member of the Waterville-Winslow swim team!  Eric has been named the Central Maine Newspapers Boys Swimmer of the Year!!  Congratulations to Eric!

Be safe and stay well!!

Heidi Bernier, CAA
Athletic Director

Sports Roundup from Feb Break - Swim, Hockey, and Basketball

posted Feb 25, 2020, 6:22 AM by Floyd Wygant   [ updated Mar 25, 2020, 11:56 AM ]

Swim Team Wraps Up Season at States

(Feb 23) The Waterville-Winslow Swim Team competed in the Class B Swim Championships this past week.  The girls placed 10th and the boys 11th.  

Highlights of those meets are as follows:

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  1. Eric Booth (Winslow) 2nd in the state for 50 free and 100 breast

  2. Ebba Heaton-Jones 6th 200 freestyle, 6th 100 free

  3. 200 medley relay girls 8th Emma Farnham (Winslow), Mya Wasilewski, Sarah McNeil, Ebba Heaton-Jones

  4. Boys 200 medley relay 8th Alex Renaud, Andrew Turlo, Eric Booth (Winslow), Kevin Chen

  5. Emma Farnham (Winslow) 11th 200 IM, 11th 100 breaststroke

  6. Sarah McNeil 16th 100 fly, 

  7. Alex Renaud 12th 200 IM, 100 back 14th

  8. David Ramgren 200 IM 15th, 100 back 16th

  9. Andrew Turlo 200 IM 13th, 7th 100 breast



RiverHawks Earn 8th Seed and Advance to Playoffs


(Feb 24) The Kennebec RiverHawks Boys Ice Hockey team has earned the eighth seed in Class B North and hence have advanced to the playoffs.  They will travel to the Penobscot Ice Arena on Tuesday, February 25th to take on the number one seed Hampden Academy Broncos at 610pm in a Class B North quarterfinal game.

The fee is set by Hampden on Tuesday night - $4 for adults and students and seniors are free.



Girls Basketball Comes Up Short in Regional Final


(Feb 23) Congratulations to our girls basketball team for a deep run into the playoffs.  We finished the season as Class B North Runners-Up. I know the team is extremely disappointed in this outcome.

They worked hard this season and have a lot to be proud of!  WE ARE PROUD OF THEM!!



Heidi Bernier, CAA

Athletic Director

Waterville Senior and Junior High Schools

Girls Basketball Keeps Rolling! On to the finals

posted Feb 20, 2020, 9:41 AM by Floyd Wygant   [ updated Feb 20, 2020, 9:41 AM ]

Congratulations to the girls basketball team for their commanding victory over Presque Isle, 54-38, in a Class B North Semifinal playoff game.

With the win, Waterville advances to the Regional Final (again) and will take on the top-seeded Hermon Hawks on Saturday, February 22 at 2 pm at the Cross Center in Bangor.

Good luck Panthers!!


Congratulations to the girls basketball team for their commanding 65-32 win over Ellsworth in the Class B North Quarterfinals on Friday night.  To see just how impressive this victory was, please read the following articles:

Waterville will face #3 Presque Isle in a Class B North Semifinal contest on Wednesday, February 19 at 2pm at the Cross Center in Bangor!

Good luck Panthers!!

Heidi Bernier, CAA
Athletic Director
Waterville Senior and Junior High Schools

2020 Tournament Basketball Live on NFHS Network

posted Feb 14, 2020, 6:06 AM by Floyd Wygant   [ updated Feb 14, 2020, 4:48 PM ]

If you can't make it to Bangor today, you can cheer for our team from the comfort of your home by streaming the action. Here are a number of options.

 Go Panthers!


Brian Laramee, Ph.D.



Watch the MPA Basketball Championships on Maine Public on February 28, 29 & March 1, 2020.



NFHS Network (fees apply, $10.99 for the whole month for all HS contests) See the email link for more information.  


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Heidi Bernier, CAA
Athletic Director
Waterville Senior and Junior High Schools

Waterville-Winslow Swim Team Has Record Breaking KVAC B Championship!

posted Feb 12, 2020, 12:25 PM by Floyd Wygant   [ updated Feb 12, 2020, 12:25 PM ]

Congratulations to our swim team and coaches for a great showing at the KVAC B Championships yesterday!

Performances of Note:

  • Ebba Heaton-Jones KVAC champion in the 200 free (2:01.99) and the 100 free (56.24). She broke her old 100 free record.
  • Eric Booth KVAC champion in the 50 free (22.95) and the 100 breast (1:02.82). Both set school records.
  • 2nd place finish girls 200 medley relay Emma Farnham, Mya Wasilewski, Sarah McNeil, Ebba Heaton-Jones.
  • 2nd place finish boys 400 free relay Kevin Chen, Alex Renaud, Andrew Turlo, Eric Booth.
  • Overall girls placed 4th and boys 5th.

Waterville's Alexander Renaud competes Monday in the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B swim meet in Bath. Kennebec Journal photo by Andy Molloy

Heidi Bernier, CAA
Athletic Director
Waterville Senior and Junior High Schools

KVAC Indoor Track Recap from Saturday (Feb 1)

posted Feb 12, 2020, 12:21 PM by Floyd Wygant   [ updated Feb 12, 2020, 12:22 PM ]

Congratulations to our indoor track team and coaches for their accomplishments
 at Saturday's KVAC Class B Championships!
Performances of Note:
  • Max McGadney- 4th in 55m, 3rd in Long Jump
  • Lauren Pinnette- 6th in 55 Hurdles, 4th in Pole Vault
  • Sophia Poole- 3rd in 400m, 5th in 200m
  • Corinne Rogers- 6th in Shot Put
  • Eleora Haviland - 7th in Long Jump, 6th in Triple Jump
  • Declan Murphy- 6th in Long Jump
  • Peter Lai- 7th in Long Jump
  • Theo Ruehsen- 4th in Triple Jump
  • Girls 4x200 - 7th (Carolyn King, Eleora Haviland, Olivia Gervais, & Lauren Pinnette)
  • Boys 4x 200- 6th (Peter Lai, Declan Murphy, Finn Kelly, & Theo Ruehsen)

Heidi Bernier, CAA
Athletic Director
Waterville Senior and Junior High Schools

Considering 8-Man Football Program

posted Dec 20, 2019, 9:05 AM by Floyd Wygant

Waterville Senior High School will be conducting a meeting to discuss the potential of Waterville participating in 8-man football starting in the fall of 2020.  With continued low participation numbers, lack of sub-varsity competitive opportunities, and safety concerns, the school is in support of competing in 8-man football to ensure a positive experience for our student-athletes as well as ensuring we can continue to sustain a high school football program.

Coaches, players, and parents from current 8-man football schools of Mt. Ararat and Maranacook have been invited to attend this meeting to share their experiences in this past year's inaugural 8-man season in the State of Maine.

This meeting is scheduled for Monday, January 6th at 630pm at the Waterville Senior High School Media Center and is open to all interested in attending.

Brian Laramee, Ph.D.
Waterville Senior High School
1 Brooklyn Avenue
Waterville, ME 04901
(207) 873-2751 ext. 4706
Fax: (207) 873-7058 

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