Some high school athletic teams are getting an extra day added to their schedule.

The Maine Principals’ Association baseball and softball committees announced Monday that the regular season will be extended one day, allowing May 30 to be used for make-up games. MPA Assistant Executive Director Mike Bisson cited the wet, spring weather as the reason for an extension.   

“Athletic Directors are concerned about fitting the games in at this point, and we felt an additional day would help alleviate some of that stress,” Bisson said. “We granted an additional day last year, as it was also a very wet and late spring. It doesn’t happen every year, but happens occasionally based on the weather the last week of the season, usually.”

Bisson said MPA officials kept the extension on their radar throughout the season, and the dates that might be used as make-up days are held “close to the vest.” If the MPA opens up those days too early, said Bisson, then schools will fill those dates. And, if you then get poor weather, there’s nowhere to move the games to.

Teams may only play exhibition games after May 30. The MPA, said Bisson, would not grant a team permission to play another contest since officials need to finalize the heal points for playoff seeding. Teams that postpone games into next week will not need approval from the committees, said Bisson on his Twitter account.

Further alterations to the schedule could also be forthcoming.

“We will look at it at the end of the week or the beginning of next week and see if they possibly need Friday as a playable date, and use Saturday as the make-up day,” Bisson said. “The weather for the rest of the week and next week’s forecast will be the determining factor.”


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