It sure hasn't been feeling like Spring lately despite what the calendar says. The snow and cold temperatures are having a major impact on Spring high school sports including baseball, softball and track.
Ellet High School baseball coach John Sarver says his defending City Series champions have done the majority of their training indoors and have missed out on almost all of their scheduled scrimmages this month, with the season officially beginning this weekend.
" You can't get the idea of hitting fly balls outside, you can't hit pop-ups, and you can't get used to how to handle those kinds of things in the wind with the sun," says Sarver.
Sarver also worries about the increased chance of injuries. " If it is soft and muddy you can have kids turn ankles. It does become a little bit of a hazard. So that's always a danger too."
John Sarver says says heading into the season without practicing in the elements puts teams in this climate at a disadvantage. " The biggest problem with this late in the year is sometimes we're worried about playing our first game, and then also that might be the first time we're on dirt and grass. That sometimes is difficult because kids are wearing spikes for the first time."
He's hoping for a big change in the weather to allow all of the season's scheduled games to be played. Ellet plays its first game on Tuesday.