The record snowfall in March has been a double-edged sword for Utah. On one hand, it has provided much-needed relief to the drought-stricken state. On the other hand, it has wreaked havoc on the high school sports calendar, which is busiest during the spring season. Baseball, softball, track, lacrosse, boys tennis, boys soccer, and girls golf are all affected by the snowy, rainy weather, which has repeatedly postponed and canceled sporting events. Baseball, softball, and golf have been hit the hardest, with hundreds of games being canceled or postponed. Some regions have yet to hold a single girls golf tournament.
Coaches and players alike are feeling the effects of the weather. Layton softball coach Kiley Crockett expressed frustration with having played only one game this season and practicing in the gym for five weeks. Roy baseball coach Monty Vorwaller has faced numerous challenges associated with getting his field in a playable condition and finding enough space for practices. Many coaches are working tirelessly to get games and tournaments in or reschedule them because they know how important it is for the kids. After losing seasons to COVID, they don’t want to see the students miss anything.
The UHSAA has issued a statement that state tournaments will proceed as scheduled, with individual member schools affected by weather handling rescheduling issues on a case-by-case basis. However, the weather has added to the frustration of the first month of the season, with limitations placed on coaches by districts, lack of bus drivers, and umpire shortages making it difficult to reschedule games.
For many of the baseball and softball teams that have seen at least half of their games postponed, they are rescheduling many of them later in April and May. Many teams may end up playing four and five games a week, including doubleheaders, late in the season to squeeze in as many regular-season games as possible before the playoffs. For other spring sports like lacrosse, track, and boys soccer, they haven’t been nearly as impacted as they can typically play through the wet weather, especially on turf fields.
Brighton High’s girls lacrosse team has played just two of its six scheduled games due to the storms. Coach Melissa Nash said they’re hoping to make up all the games, but the condensed season before the state tournament presents some other challenges. The challenges of rescheduling games and everything that goes along with it can be exhausting, but coaches like Nash are happy to do it for their players, who just want to play.