Maine House bill would give athletes, coaches more freedom

March 14, 2019 | Sun Journal

While many of his peers are resting up from the end of the winter sports season and gearing up for spring this weekend, Maranacook senior Luke Bartol will be in Fort Kent, skiing in the Eastern High School Nordic Championships.

For Bartol and other skiers, it is a rare opportunity to ski against elite competition from around the Northeast. Too rare, as Bartol, some high school coaches and even some legislators see it.

Maine Principals’ Association rules prevent Bartol and other Maine high school athletes, particularly in skiing and running, from competing in events outside of the high school schedule. Even when they do compete at those events, such as regional and national competitions, their high school coaches are not allowed to coach them.

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