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Lingering Winter Weather Creating Problems for Spring Sports


Track & field and softball are already underway. Baseball and soccer begin Monday. Golf and tennis start March 31st, but there's a problem. We just can't seem to shake this winter weather, meaning it's going to be a challenging season for school administrators, athletic directors and coaches.

With many fields still covered in snow, no one will be stealing third or practicing outside anytime soon. WIAA Assistant Director Tom Shafranski tells NewsChannel 7 a number of schools are planning to hold activities inside for the time being. A decision creating some scheduling conflicts.

"Indoor facilities are limited and being able to get games in as we get towards the end of the seasons becomes probably our major concern," Shafranski explains.

Each team has a required number of games they must play in order to participate in the WIAA Tournaments. Shafranski says when schools run into difficulties because of circumstances, like weather, the WIAA works with them to make sure they'll still qualify for the tournament series.

If the conditions aren't right to play outside, which they likely won't be, instead of postponing games many teams head south to southern Wisconsin where conditions are usually better.

This is the second year in a row extended winter weather has posed problems for spring activities.


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