WALDOBORO — The transfer of power between Medomak Youth Football and Regional School Unit 40 — in relation to the sport at Medomak Middle School — has continued to move forward.

After RSU 40’s budget passed in June, MYF officially transferred its middle school-aged football program to MMS.

In addition, MYF donated its middle school football gear — estimated at roughly $13,000 — to RSU 40 to be used by the program.

“Obviously we’re excited,” said athletic director Matt Lash. “I would say most people, including myself, and this district think it didn’t happen soon enough. The plans were for this transition to happen earlier, but we’re happy it’s completed now.”

The program began in 2010 as the Medomak Youth Football Club, though not initially affiliated with Regional School Unit 40.

The program was then offered for students in kindergarten through eighth grade, with tackle football at the higher grades and flag football for the youngsters. In 2012, the program expanded to high school-aged players, all of whom participated in the Greater New England Youth Football League.

In 2014, the program expanded to club status at Medomak Valley High School, as the team competed against junior varsity programs throughout the state. At that point, the high school-aged team transferred to RSU 40, while the younger grades continued to be run by MYF.

The high school team was approved as a varsity sport in 2018.

There were two major factors at work to get the middle school transition complete over the past few months. The first obtaining approval from the school board, which took place in April. The second getting the estimated budget to run the program approved ahead of the voting of RSU 40’s annual budget, which was approved in June.

Lash said middle school football “will be a good asset to the programs to be included within the school’s athletic department and we’re excited about that.”

He added that RSU 40 — and the communities that school system serves — owes a debt of gratitude to Naomi and Fritz Miller, both of whom have been at the forefront of the movement to bring football to the area since the onset.

“I know Naomi has been the driving force and the leader of the Medomak Youth Football program,” Lash said. “She was very active in the leadership of the middle school league and it speaks to the level of commitment she’s had to the program. And without her and Fritz’s commitment over the years, the program wouldn’t be in the shape it is in now.”

Lash said that Naomi Miller’s work behind the scenes “has made, and will continue to make, the transition go as smooth as possible.”

“They were ready for this transition to happen so they could phase out their involvement,” Lash said. “They built the program, and now they get to rest. They’ve handed the football off to me and [high school varsity] coach [Ryan] Snell and everyone else involved in the program and I hope we do our part to continue to build it and grow it.”

Kindergarten through fifth grade will continue to be run by MYF.