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UMPI plans for return to winter sports

Published: Dec. 17, 2020 at 11:11 AM EST
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PRESQUE ISLE, Maine (WAGM) - The University of Maine Presque Isle has announced the plans for the Owls to return to practice in January.

Dan Kane:”

We plan on moving students back on January 16th which is just a few days before students return for classes on normal move in time. Our goal is to try and get some games in February.”

Kane said that he has virtual meetings with the men’s and women’s teams set up to go over the procedure to return.

Kane:” They will do a COVID test when they arrive on campus and will be quarantined until a negative test comes back. We will then look into getting into our acclimation period. We have been off for awhile and getting our students back in shape and doing it safely. We will answer any of those questions that the students have.”

Kane says they are looking at the latest guidance as they prepare to return to play.

Kane:” Everyday we are looking at the newest guidance we have. We will continue to do that. Our ultimate goal is to get our student athletes some games. However we will only do that if we feel it is safe and if the guidance allows for us to do that.”

He says the teams did spend some time in the gym working on conditioning and drills in November.

Kane:” I am in every practice for men’s basketball and I was very impressed with our men’s team and the ability to wear the masks all the time.It went really well. I also supervised some of the women’s basketball practices and theirs went really well. I was really impressed with our team. They picked up things that usually take longer for our teams in the past. Even though we only had a limited amount of practices in the fall I feel we are actually ahead of schedule from where we normally are.”

The Owls soccer and cross country teams competed against Thomas College in the fall and they are taking what they learned there into the winter sports season.

Kane:” Our student athletes and staff handled the safety protocols. I think that gives us the motivation to try and pull off some games because they did such a great job with it. We will be going into the winter with a similar mind frame of putting safety first. Hopefully getting into games if it allows it.”

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