The MSL is an affiliation of youth football programs from communities here in the State of Maine. Representatives from independent youth football organizations work together to create a competitive playing opportunity that promotes sportsmanship as a priority.
The Maine Sportsmanship League has existed for decades providing a way for the proponents of our great game to work together.
Creating a positive experience for youth football players while stressing the importance of sportsmanship is at the core of the Maine Sportsmanship Leagues' purpose.
The State of Maine has adopted a staged approach, supported by science, public health expertise, and industry collaboration, to allow Maine organizations to safely open when the time is right. The plan is available at www.maine.gov/covid19/restartingmaine.
This is one of many guidance documents the State is preparing for organizations so they can be prepared to meet health guidelines and reopen safely. Please make sure you pair this document with the general guidance document that applies to all sectors, which is available on maine.gov/decd.
Please note: This document may be updated as additional information and resources become available.
Community sports activities for both youth and adults require careful consideration during the COVID-19 pandemic. Health experts recognize the role of outdoor recreation and exercise in promoting mental health, physical fitness, and cognitive development. Reducing exposure to respiratory droplets through physical distancing and face coverings, as well as increased hand hygiene and avoidance of shared and common touch items, remain the primary tools to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Because of the increased possibility of infection through droplets, vigorous exercise in closely confined spaces should be avoided.
At this time, outdoor training with physical distancing may be prudent. These guidelines focus on maximizing opportunities for physical distancing and keeping small, stable cohorts of participants whenever possible. This guidance includes best practices recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Aspen Institute, and guidance documents from several states.
Students attending school and students participating in any group sporting activity (club, community or school-based) represent the mixing of cohorts that schools are attempting to use for their public health protection measures. This increased mixing creates a high risk for potential spread both within schools and between schools and therefore this guidance must be diligently followed.
Sports activities present multiple challenges in the effective use of primary prevention strategies. These challenges include:
The risk of participating in sports and recreation activities is determined by a combination of (1) risk of transmission of COVID-19 inherent to each sport in terms of duration and proximity of contact (e.g. golf versus rugby) and (2) risk associated with the type of play (e.g. skill-building drills, within-team competition, competition between teams from different geographic areas).
Type of Play
The following types of play are defined by level from least to greatest risk. Across all types of play, keep players together in small, stable groups (i.e. cohorts) with dedicated coaches or staff. Ideally, these cohorts should include fewer than 30 individuals.
Note: Individuals traveling or returning to Maine must follow the executive order on travel and rules explained in the Keep Maine Healthy plan. This includes a requirement that all out-of-state travelers coming into Maine, as well as Maine residents returning to Maine, complete a 14-day quarantine upon arrival or have a negative COVID-19 PCR test no longer than 72 hours of arrival with uarantine while waiting for the result (unless that travel is to or from an exempted state). Check the website of the Maine Centers for Disease Control for updated information on exemptions to this requirement. Please note that competition between teams from different states is not recommended at this time.
Type of play allowed, based on risk level of sport or activity
At this time, sports are restricted to the types of play presented in the table below based on the level of risk associated with the sport or activity. During all activities, the public health measures in this guidance must be followed (e.g., hand hygiene, cleaning and disinfecting, face coverings, etc.) These recommendations will be updated as conditions change. Moreover, if transmission rates increase the county where sports teams have planned competitions, these intra-team activities should be cancelled.
Risk level characteristicsExamplesLevels of Play AllowedLower Risk
Examples: Batting cages, tennis, pickleball, individual swimming, catch, disc golf, golf, individual biking, surfing, horseback riding, crew/sailing, fishing, hunting, motor sports, gymnastics, weightlifting, single sculling, throwing events (javelin, shot put, discus, hammer), jumping events (high jump, pole vault, long jump, triple jump), skiing, cross country events where physical distance can be maintainedLevels 1-5
(indoor or outdoor)Moderate Risk
Examples: Baseball, softball, team swimming, fencing, soccer, basketball, lacrosse, ice hockey, competitive cheer, martial arts, ultimate frisbee, running events where physical distance cannot be maintained, field hockey, pair figure skating, volleyball
(indoor or outdoor)
Examples: Football, wrestling, rugby, boxingLevels 1-3
(indoor or outdoor)
Group racing events are not recommended at this time. Commonly these events are known as: “road race”, “5k” (3.1 miles), “10k” (6.2 miles), “half marathon” (13.1 miles), “marathon” (26.2 miles), “walk”, and “century or half-century” (100 or 50 miles). Further guidance for safe practice of such events is forthcoming. (Updated 9/1/20)
In order to open, businesses must commit to complying with requirements of these checklists by filling out this short online form. Please note that religious organizations and licensed health care providers are not required to use this form.
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