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Spring Sports Teams Battle Record Snowfall

Normally, setting records during the winter sports season is a welcomed accomplishment. This winter, however, the record snowfall means a spring sports season that starts with fields still covered and local athletic directors scrambling to come up with a plan.
"I am lucky to have a great group of coaches who cooperate and work well together, so that's helped," Nipmuc Athletic Director (AD) Bill Leaver said. "We met last week and came up with a schedule on how to share and utilize the space we have in the gym. I am hoping we get some rain this week to melt the snow and get us back on track in a couple of weeks."
Blackstone Valley Tech AD Michelle Denise has her own plan to get her athletes ready for the season. "We are holding tryouts this week as we always have, but we are going to tell the JV and freshman programs to hold off until we can be outside," she said. "We want to focus on getting the varsity programs ready to go and we might go a bit later with the freshman and JV schedules than we usually do. I think that's a strategy that will work. It makes me feel a little better than trying to put 60 kids in the gym chasing after one ball."
The MIAA is expected to vote to extend the length of the spring season by one week, meaning teams will have until May 31 to finish up their regular season competition before the spring tournaments begin. Both ADs support the measure.
"I think it will help by freeing up a few more days, especially around Memorial Day," Leaver said. "We have so many days in May booked up by proms and trips and senior activities and SATs and getting ready for graduation, things get pretty hectic. This would give us a couple more days."
Denise added, "I don't think there is much of an option, I think we have to [extend the spring season]. I just wish the decision was made sooner so we could have started a week later. In a week, a lot of us might be looking at a different situation."
Denise pointed out that a number of schools, including both BVT and Nipmuc, are spending money on indoor facilities they might have been able to save with a little more advanced planning and a later start to the spring season. Leaver said several of his spring teams, including lacrosse and softball, will be using The Hab sports complex in Uxbridge.
"We are doing the best we can, as everyone is," he said. "It's not like the snow only fell on this side of Pleasant St. It's everywhere, everyone is dealing with it."
When the snow finally does melt, Dense has one crucial factor for which she is especially grateful. "Our fields drain really well," she said. "At some other schools the fields are sunken down and they will struggle maybe to play any home games.
"We will play," she added. "I just don't know when."




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