PARIS — Oxford Hills College District Athletic Director Kevin Ryan informed the board of administrators Monday night that staff practices for moderate- and high-risk sports activities comparable to wrestling and basketball have been delayed to Jan. 4 as COVID-19 continues to unfold in Maine.
It was one among many updates he shared from the Maine Principals’ Affiliation and the Maine Division of Schooling.
Practices for wrestling and basketball had been to start out this week however had been postponed as a result of Oxford County is designated by the state as being at reasonable threat for unfold of the virus. If and when the county is designated low threat, wrestlers will be capable of do conditioning however should put on face coverings and keep 6-foot distances.
For now, the district can’t present skill-building drills or conditioning for sports activities.
There won’t be any basketball tournaments this winter.
Indoor monitor for SAD 17 has been postponed, partly due to limits on indoor gatherings and since some occasions are held at school amenities, that are off limits to the general public.
Ryan mentioned all coaches have been supplied with digital COVID-19 coaching on pointers and modifications in place for the season. Every staff will keep a COVID-19 sanitation equipment with private safety gear, gear sanitizer and an emergency plan if any staff members present virus signs throughout video games or practices.
Different updates embrace:
• Cheering squads won’t be allowed to vocalize throughout video games.
• No spectators will likely be allowed at any indoor video games.
• Athletes, each dwelling and away, will arrive for video games totally dressed to play and won’t enter locker rooms.
• All snowboarding has been postponed.
Ryan mentioned employees is working to offer reside feeds for video games performed within the college gymnasium in Paris. Groups will solely play others in the identical county or neighboring communities.
Some administrators mentioned not permitting practices, though Oxford County is designated reasonable threat, is overkill. They requested Ryan if he may request exceptions for at the least outside sports activities comparable to snowboarding.
Ryan mentioned he would accomplish that, however MPA’s rule relies on a fall sports activities staff in a delegated reasonable threat county that practiced outside and had an outbreak of the virus.