Weather Affecting Spring Sports

Synia Thrower, Staff Writer

Spring sports have kicked off and so has the rainy weather.

Most spring sports are outdoors consisting of swim, dive, baseball, softball, men’s and women’s lacrosse, men’s tennis and men’s golf.

Spring sports occur during the most bipolar weather months of the year, Feb. through May.

The cold, rainy, and windy weather occur while there are some warmer days closer to the end of the sports season.

For this spring sports season, players and coaches have already seen a decent amount of rain.

Most sports teams are still required to play in the rain and cold as long as there isn’t any thunder or lightning.

“I don’t look forward to practice when it rains because it’s cold and rainy and I don’t like it,” said sophomore and swimmer Ian Bohn when asked about swim practice in the rain.

Swim is one sport that doesn’t really have a choice but to be outside while it’s extremely cold or rainy, whereas sports like lacrosse occasionally do.

“A lot of the times when we get rain we go inside days so that’s really nice,” said Varsity Women’s Lacrosse player Chayse Rothchild-Bruno. “We’ve had our fair share of rainy days this season but definitely not as much as last season.

Recently there have been a few games and practices cancelled for most of the spring sports, like the day Sacramento got hail that turned into snow looking slush.

The weather can be unpredictable in Sacramento and sometimes can throw off a team’s performance due to cancellations in games or practices.

“When it rains we aren’t able to be on the field and we aren’t able to to do a lot of the things we usually should be doing in practice like hops,” said JV baseball player Mateo Lake.

Although getting to go inside some practices is nice, practicing in the rain actually has some benefits.

“Although it is harder to practice in the rain because our lacrosse sticks get slippery and wet, it also helps us for our rainy games because a lot of teams aren’t used to playing in conditions like that so it gives us the upper hand,” said Rothchild-Bruno.

Studies show that when it is too cold people are less aware and muscles become stiffer, causing it to be difficult to partake in physical activity without straining which can lead to injuries.

“I think I do better when the weather isn’t bad, and also as a team we do better because when the weather is bad everyone is less focused and more annoyed because they have less of a desire to be there,” said Bohn.

Some schools like Weatherford High School in Texas have even gone to the extent of having cold weather policies on when it is and isn’t suitable for athletes to be out.

This of course is not usually necessary for California schools, but could be implemented during extreme conditions.

Thankfully, Sacramento doesn’t have to worry too much about extreme weather conditions like ones that occur in other states, but the rain and cold definitely affect sports, especially around this time of year.

 

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