APPLETON - Spring has arrived - but the wintry weather refuses to leave and as area high schools start the spring sports season, its causing problems.
Appleton West's softball team started practice two weeks ago, but it hasn't left the gym
"We all just wish we could get out there and play…it's been hard because we can't get outside, we're just stuck in a gym," said player Maggie Coughlin.
Snow is still on the fields.
Head coach Tara Eastman told FOX 11 indoor practice is a challenge.
"The ball does not come off the gym floor the same it does on the field…you get outside and it's like, 'oh we have to re-learn to throw in the wind and the cold," explained Eastman.
All the spring sports are in the same boat. That means maneuvering to share gym space
"Parents are bringing their kids in later at night or early in the morning," said Appleton West's activities director Mark McQuade.
McQuade told us it will be awhile before the players can hit the fields.
"We're looking at maybe mid-april at this rate," said McQuade.
McQuade told us in an average year, most of the snow melts off the fields by late March, that's when athletes can get outside to play.
"We're looking at some cancellations already, some postponements," he said.
According to McQuade postponing games now means they will pile up at the end of the year. That will make scheduling tough.
"When we have a lot of games to make up, is getting enough officials. We already have a shortage of officials and when you have a lot of games it compounds that," said McQuade.
Eastman told us waiting on the weather is tough on her team's morale too.
"You try to keep them positive, 'we'll make it up, we'll make it up,' and you try to keep practice as fun as you can," explained Eastman.
Still players like Maggie Coughlin told us it's worth it.
"We all love this sport and I love my team, so it's fun," said Coughlin.
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