Awful weather is killing spring high school sports in Minnesota

MSHSL approved shorter doubleheaders for baseball and softball.
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Already well behind schedule thanks to awful spring weather, high school sports teams around the state are sweating out further delays with with a storm set to arrive in Minnesota this week.

It's so bad that Owatonna's baseball team decided to embrace the snow and take their team photos in it. 

"Typically, we can tolerate a few weeks of gym baseball, but it starts to get difficult during this time," Owatonna coach Tate Cummins told BMTN. "Team retreats and dinners is something we are starting to incorporate this week as well. We are visiting an assisted living facility on Thursday. This is the time to take care of loose ends and a great time to give back."

Cummins said they'll play 4-5 games per week once their able to play. 

Emmett Keanen, the activities director at St. Cloud Cathedral High School, tells BMTN that their baseball team hasn't played and their softball team will finally get to play a couple of games – at the Husky Dome at St. Cloud State University – on Friday, while golf, tennis and track and field have done very little in terms of competition. 

"Other than that, we need the snow to melt, the frost to come out, and the fields and golf courses to dry," Keenan said in an email. "Temperatures are key. A few warm days in a row will help tennis courts, etc. immensely.​"


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It's like this at almost every school in the state, and it's putting a major time crunch on the playing schedule. 

To help baseball and softball teams catch up, the Minnesota State High School League on Wednesday approved doubleheaders with two 5-inning games if mutually agreed upon teams. Games are normally 7 innings. 

"We will play as many as we can within daily limits, pitch count rules, and ​facility availability," said Keenan. "We have to keep kids in school once in while too."

Opening Day for high school baseball was supposed to be the first Monday in April, but with zero games played so far, most teams will have to condense a 20-game schedule into 40 days or less before section playoffs begin in late-May.

Further north, Brainerd High School has already had 14 games/events postponed due to weather. 

"Our coaches have been fantastic about changing up routines, shortening practice, sharing space and taking a day off here and there," Brainerd High School Activities Director Charles Campbell told BMTN. 

Track and field appears to have the best shot at holding competitions because the track and be cleared. For example, a meet was hosted by Kasson-Mantorville High School in the cold and snow on Tuesday. 

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