Winter-like weather affects spring sports

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Samantha Bally, 11, Haley Jacques and Courtney Vought, both 10, running sprints during track practice. “Normally if we go outside I like to make sure I have extra layers, even if I am going to take them off,” Bally said. Photo by K. Cabera

BY KILEY ANGLE

Kansas weather has greatly affected the outcome for spring sports. With seasons just beginning, the temperature changes alter the way teams are going to practice.

“When we stay inside for practice a lot of the time we work on similar things that we would outside,” Corey Minks, 10, said. “We will still work on things like hitting and throwing.”

Some practices, such as baseball and softball, can have practices inside. But other sports like track and tennis may have to bundle up in order to get the time in.

“During track season a lot of the time we practice inside or we will just cut the workout short,” Brent Pfeifer, coach, said.

Each athlete is encouraged to bring warm clothes to every practice just to be prepared. Normally temperatures would reach a high in the 50’s or 60’s.

“I try to keep extra clothes and things in my car,” Kinsey Emery, 10, said. “A lot of the time if it’s colder and I know it’s going to be then I’ll pack before hand. If not, then I will just go home and grab some clothes.”

Weather is something that can only be predicted so far in advance, athletes may have to just adapt to each temperature each day.

“One year for soccer we all started out in shorts and a t-shirt,” Allie Zwetzig, 11, said. “But by the end of practice we were all inside trying to practice because we got hit with a huge rain storm.”

Whether it be below freezing, down pouring or excessively hot, coaches do what they can to ensure that their athletes are well cared for during season.

“A lot of the time we will bring canapes or anything to keep everyone safe and out of the wind or whatever the conditions maybe,” Pfeifer said.

Samantha Bally, 11, Haley Jacques and Courtney Vought, both 10, running sprints during track practice. “Normally if we go outside I like to make sure I have extra layers, even if I am going to take them off,” Bally said. Photo by K. Cabera
Samantha Bally, 11, Haley Jacques and Courtney Vought, both 10, running sprints during track practice. “Normally if we go outside I like to make sure I have extra layers, even if I am going to take them off,” Bally said. Photo by K. Cabera