Unseasonable Weather Causes Cancellations, Make-Up Games For Many High School Sports

Nancy Harty
April 19, 2018 - 7:23 am

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The Chicago Cubs and White Sox aren't the only local teams that will have make up several games due to the weather. 

WBBM's Nancy Harty reports high schools are scrambling to make up rained out games. 

They've canceled between twenty and thirty games at Huntley High School in the far northwest suburbs.

Athletic Director Glen Wilson said more of them have been baseball and softball games, but the un-spring like temperatures, snow, rain and high winds have lead to cancellations for lacrosse, girl's soccer, boy's tennis and track.

He recalls only one other spring with so many rainouts as this one in the decade that he's been working in high school sports. 

Wilson said at least all of the schools are dealing with the same conditions, leading other athletic directors to be accommodating as they work to reschedule.

"We are all trying to figure out a corresponding date and how to get a game in like today that has been canceled and work together to find those corresponding dates, to get the kids back on the field," Wilson said. 

At the beginning of the season, he said they do all they can to make up games, but as the cancellations mount and the calendar advances, Wilson and his colleagues have to shift rescheduling priorities.

"If they have a non-conference opponent, we will work together and ask that non-conference opponent, and they will be in the same boat, to cancel softball for that particular day so we can reschedule our conference game," he said. 

Conference games, which determine standings for playoffs, take precedence over games against teams outside of the conference.