Spring sports teams hope to salvage a season

9:43 PM, Apr 15, 2013   |    comments
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GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - If we were keeping score, we'd give the never-ending winter one point and high school spring sports a big, fat zero. That's the score...at least for now.

"I think the seasons will be shortened without question because usually we're outside playing by now," said Dave Stead with the Minnesota State High School League.

Games have been postponed, meets have been canceled, and with snow still covering tracks and fields, the question becomes, how can they fit it all in?

The MSHSL met to discuss ways districts can squeeze as much play out of this spring sports season as possible. Some solutions could be five or six-inning baseball and softball games paired with double-headers. Or, 9-hole golf matches instead of 18.

"Saturdays typically have been somewhat free from games because of the commitments that kids have, but jeepers, this time of year you have to have every alternative you possibly can and Saturdays would be a great opportunity to come together and play some games," said Stead.

They also considered pushing tournaments further into June, but with graduations, summer jobs and vacations, decided it ultimately wasn't an option.

The end result is likely a shorter season, but at this point, anything is better than nothing.

 

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