Normalcy for many — in the form of high school sports — has been restored as outdoor athletics are in full force.

Of course, not all sports are being played. Volleyball is out. Football is vastly different with traditional play giving way to 7-versus-7. But, attending the Belfast and Bucksport game on Friday night, Sept. 25, all things considered, I was thoroughly entertained.

And field hockey, soccer, golf and cross country also are under way.

Obviously, things are not perfect. They are not as they were.

And while many revel in the fact fall sports are back, the looming elephant in the room — winter sports — are just a shade over two months away.

Will we see wrestling? Indoor track? Ice hockey? Swimming? Cheering? And, of course, basketball, the juggernaut of Maine high school sports?

Based on the current numbers from the state allotted for indoor events — which as of Sept. 28 was 50 people — it does not seem feasible. And, given the governor’s propensity to protect the people of Maine (some might say overprotect), it seems unlikely those numbers for indoor events will go up, despite us being last in the nation among people who have contracted the virus.

Maine Principals' Association Executive Director Mike Burnham said the organization is meeting with its winter committees and “we are all hoping that something changes so that we will be able to offer indoor activities this winter.”

That comment, while not on its own a death knell for the high school winter sports season, is certainly a telling one.

So, here we stand. We stare winter in the face, and ask, what is the plan?

I have got one.

It might not be popular. But, it is going to be a lot less cumbersome. We will not have the start-and-stall approach of “will we or won’t we” for the next several weeks, we will not have to have to come up with tiered phases or guidelines leading up to the start of the season and we will not have to endure that feeling of something being taken away from us.

No fans.

I said it, no fans. We go full livestreaming for all games and athletic events.

It eliminates many problems. The most significant being, of course, the number of people who attend games. If the number is 50, and each basketball team has 12 players, a couple of coaches, plus officials, athletic director, athletic trainer, bookkeepers, someone to run the clock and, let us say a media member to take photos and video (me raising hand meekly), that is about 40 people right there.

What are we doing? Letting 10 fans into games? Do we draw straws for who gets to go? Will there be a rotating schedule for parents? Do we have fight clubs in the parking lots with the winners being awarded tickets? That actually could be a better attended event. Outside you can have 100 people.

I digress.

That is just basketball. Think about indoor track. I have been doing this job 13 years. The majority of those years, the Belfast indoor track team ALONE, has upwards of 50 student-athletes. Will some need to be cut, strictly to adhere to the governor’s guidelines? Tough decisions will need to be made.

Another plus for going full livestreaming? Watch parties.

Let us face it, we have all been congregating in small groups right? Groups we trust? Finding ways to get our children together and picking families to be “in quarantine” with? Well, now we can have watch parties.

You can be as loud as you want. No more worrying about only bringing water and popcorn into the gymnasium. Bring those nachos in here, they are putting Jimmy in the game! Need to use the bathroom? Pause the livestream.

And, an additional perk, you can now scold coaches who “don’t know what the hell they’re doing” as loud and as openly as you want. Win/win! You know who you are.

Yes, you guessed it, some of this is tongue-in-cheek, but the overall point is just as the MPA and state agencies are having these conversations, we need to be doing our part and prepare for the inevitable.

Many schools statewide have set-up live streaming for their student-athletes for the fall. Honestly, all schools should be working on these now if not for the fall, but to work the bugs out in preparation for the a hopeful winter sports season.

We need to largely take the onus of competing for championships out (for now) and instead instill in our young people the importance of playing for one another, for their schools and for pride. We need to see more of that anyway, whether we play for championships or not.

All we can do, as fans, is play the hands we are dealt. And if going full livestreaming is the only way we can guarantee a winter sports season for these children, we should be all-in.