The storm heading our way is causing scheduling problems for spring sports in our community.
This is the time of the year when many high school baseball teams, lacrosse and track teams head outdoors to get ready for the season.
But with more snow on the way, practicing becomes difficult and games will have to be re-scheduled.
“It gets kind of depressing to the players after a while not being able to get outside and actually play the game the way it was meant to be played,” says Ashwaubenon high school coach Jay Krueger.
Ashwaubenon baseball centerfielder, Will Adair, is not a fan of the snow.
“Snow sucks. I’m from the south so when it comes to the snow I’m like ‘ehh’,” says Adair. “So I’m just hoping the stuff passes over so we can start playing baseball once again.”
The team just returned from playing outdoors in South Carolina during spring break.
Now they’re playing indoors because of conditions the weather has created.
“The biggest challenge is when you’re indoors it’s difficult to replicate what happens outside,” says Krueger.
Adair knows this all too well.
“It’s a struggle when it comes to taking flyballs, you don’t have wind in the gym and you can’t get it very high,” says Adair. “Then with ground balls in the field house you don’t get the bad hops that you get on the field normally.”
And normally baseball teams are used to playing several games in a short amount of time.
But re-scheduling games can be a headache.
“The biggest challenge is the weather after the weather.” says Ashwaubenon High’s athletic director Nick Senger. “It’s supposed to stay cold and getting that snow removed is going to be a challenge for our baseball, softball even soccer on the turf so it makes it difficult.”
But preparing for the snow to come also has Ashwaubenon worrying about outdoor equipment.
“Because of the heavy snow that’s coming we had to drop our nets because if that heavy snow gets on those that can create problems, it can tear the nets and actually bend the superstructure that they’re hanging on as well,” says Krueger.
Senger says he and other athletic directors have already talked about moving around games.
But for now all they can do is wait for the snow to fall before anyone returns to the field or the diamond.
“Wednesday we’re looking at how much snow did we get, let’s talk to our facility and grounds director to see what our grounds look like to see if we’re going to be able to get soccer on our turf or our diamonds,” says Senger. “Those are the challenges that you face in the spring.”
Ashwaubenon had a game scheduled against Bay Port Tuesday, but it’s already been canceled.
They also have a double header scheduled in Fond du Lac Saturday, but they say right now it looks like those games may be canceled as well.