Maine Principals' Association

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Maine Principals' Association
Map of USA highlighting Maine.png
Abbreviation MPA
Formation 1927
Type Volunteer; NPO
Legal status
Association
Purpose Athletic/Educational
Headquarters 50 Industrial Dr.
Augusta, ME 04338
Region served
Maine
Membership 153 high schools
Official language
English
Executive Director
Richard A. Durost
Affiliations National Federation of State High School Associations
Staff 12
Website mpa.cc
Remarks (207) 622-0217

The Maine Principals’ Association (MPA) is the governing body for sports competitions among all public and some private high schools in the state of Maine. It is a member of the National Federation of State High School Associations. The MPA offices are located in Augusta.

History[edit]

First established in 1927 as the State Principals' Association, it became the Maine Principals' Association in 1992 as a result of a merger between the Maine Secondary School Principals' Association (est. 1951) and the Maine Elementary Principals' Association (est. 1975).

Athletic Classifications[edit]

Schools competing under the MPA are grouped into (at most) four classes, with different enrollment cutoffs for each sport (Broken down by season)[1]:

Fall[edit]

Sport Class A Class B Class C Class D
Cross Country 700+ 400-699 0-399
Field Hockey 716+ 475-715 0-474
Football 875+ 600-874 455-599 0-454
Golf 650+ 375-699 0-374
Soccer 705+ 425-704 190-424 0-189
Volleyball 500+ 0-499

Winter[edit]

Sport Class A Class B Class C Class D
Basketball 705+ 425-704 190-424 0-189
Cheerleading 705+ 425-704 192-424 0-191
Drama 525+ 0-524
Boys'ice hockey 860+ 0-859
Girls'ice hockey Only One Class
Skiing 675+ 500-674 0-499
Swimming 700+ 0-699
Indoor Track 700+ 0-699
Wrestling 685+ 475-684 0-474

Spring[edit]

Sport Class A Class B Class C Class D
Baseball 705+ 425-704 192-424 0-191
Lacrosse 750+ 0-749
Softball 705+ 425-704 192-424 0-191
Tennis 700+ 400-699 0-399
Outdoor Track 700+ 461-699 0-460

Schools are reclassified every two years. The classification thresholds are currently being adjusted and would go into effect for the fall 2013 sports season. A school may petition the Association to play in a class above or below its enrollment figure. Currently, most sports are split into "Eastern" and" "Western" regions. Championships are played at several locations around the state including Fitzpatrick Stadium (football) and basketball championships between the Cross Insurance Center, Augusta Civic Center), the Portland Exposition Building and the Cumberland County Civic Center depending on class and geographical region. The MPA using a mathematical system called heal points to determine tournament standings, the latest heal points and an explanation on how to determine the points can be found here. Currently basketball, soccer, ice hockey, lacrosse and tennis are the only sports to have separate male and female teams, baseball is male only and softball is female only. Girls ice hockey became a sanctioned sport as of the winter 2008 season. [2]

Responsibilities other than athletic[edit]

The MPA also includes Debate, Drama, Music, National Honor Society, Science Fair, Speech and Student Council as their responsibilities. In addition to interscholastic events, the MPA offers a "Professional Division", which provides opportunities for education and professional advancement for elementary, middle/junior high and high school principals, assistant principals, technical education center directors, assistant directors and other administrators who function primarily as building principals or assistant principals.

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