July 15, 2019

Playday benefits field hockey officials, players

Pam Hennessey, the assigner in charge of northern Maine field hockey officials, has announced that a Rating Session and Playday will be held Thursday at Orono High School.

The event was originally scheduled to be held on the University of Maine campus, but that site became unavailable, necessitating the move to Orono. Coach Dodi Saucier and her Red Riots will serve as hosts.

The annual event attracts most of the teams from the area and serves as a vehicle to rate officials for the upcoming season.

The day gets under way at 7:30 a.m. with a written test for officials.

At 9 a.m., Hennessey will summarize the new rules for all coaches and players, with play beginning immediately thereafter.

Teams will play shortened games in a round robin, finishing at approximately 3 p.m.

For officials, this is a chance to change ratings and for new officials to be certified.

The written test is combined with field work during the playday to give them their ratings, either at the sectional, local, or apprentice level.

The option of moving up a class is the official’s choice, Hennessey said. He or she may take the written and field tests whenever she or he feels capable of making the change.

Among the teams expected to participate in the playday with the defending state Class C champion Orono Red Riots are Hermon, Bangor, Brewer, Old Town, Hampden Academy, Piscataquis of Guilford, Dexter, Central of East Corinth, Mattanawcook Academy of Lincoln, and Nokomis of Newport.

Hennessey said most rule changes for the 1991 season are in the areas of safety and uniforms.

As examples of safety changes, Hennessey said mouthguards must now cover all the teeth, and shin pads must be full-length rather than the shorter ones previously used.

Additionally, the field hockey association is beginning to work on changes in uniforms, such as making sure that shirts are all solid colors rather than darks and lights.

The Maine Field Hockey Association has been conducting these annual playdays for more years than Hennessey wants to count. Two others will be conducted elsewhere in th state before school opens in September.

Saturday, the defending state Class B champion Messalonskee Eagles will host a Rating Session and Playday in Oakland for central Maine teams and, on Monday, Bonny Eagle will host a similar event for western Maine teams in West Buxton.

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