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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Rain, Rain, Go Away!

It's always an experience when you're dealing with the unknown.  And for High School Athletics in the great State of Ohio in the Spring, much is unknown.  Namely - the weather.  From sunshine and temperatures in the 60's in March to a chance of freezing and snow in April, the spring sport athlete in Ohio must overcome a variety of obstacles.  Throw in the rain and thunderstorms and a schedule for any sport is simply a "work in progress".  There's nothing definitive when it comes to a spring sports schedule in Ohio. 

Think your pitching on Tuesday against your conference rival, well three days of torrential downpours and that game might not be played until the following Thursday.  Tapering your runs to peak for a Saturday Track Invitational and your coach may make the decision if mother nature doesn't, that you shouldn't run in 40 degree temperatures.  Getting in a groove with your tennis doubles partner, how about taking the next 4 days off since we can't get on the courts because of the elements. 

So, it doesn't matter what sport you play in the Spring, perhaps with the exception of Boys Volleyball (you have shelter and climate control) our spring sport athletes are not only expected to prepare for their competition...tentatively scheduled, they must also prepare to run, throw or hit in the most unpredictable of weather.

I guess it's what makes spring sports in Ohio the the best...or at least the most unpredictable.

Stay Dry.  Go Lions!

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