High school sports teams struggling to make up rainouts

May 17, 2019 05:25 PM

SARATOGA - All the rain in the Capital Region has caused huge scheduling problems for high school sports teams. 

Factor in extracurricular activities, testing schedules and limited official availability and rescheduling becomes much harder.


"I know every day, we're dealing with some form of cancellation or at the very least on nice days we're rescheduling what we've canceled on a previous date," said Saratoga Springs Central School District Interim Athletic Director Wayne Bertrand.

Bertrand said the spring season is always tricky, but this year has been especially tough.

"It's a process and particularly we had a few times this season where the rain comes roaring in at 2:30 p.m. and you're up against letting schools know when buses are departing other buildings heading up here to Saratoga," Bertrand said.

The fields on Saratoga's campus are on sand-based soil, so they tend to drain pretty quickly. That isn't the case in every district, so athletic directors often collaborate with one another to find solutions.

"You know sometimes, we swap sites, we play doubleheaders in sports that we can play in," Bertrand said. "There's a lot of creative thinking going on and maneuvering to get these games in."

The New York State Public High School Athletic Association even waived the seven day rule to help with rescheduling. That means student-athletes can participate in practice or games every day until the end of the school year.

"You run up into the issues with, particularly on the varsity level, them going into the sectional seeding meetings, so they have to get all those games in first," Bertrand said.

Despite all of the rainy days this season, every team from the Saratoga Springs Central School District will play all their games before the end of the year.


Emily Burkhard

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