Kramer: Communication is key to spring slates

Posted May 2, 2013 at 3:22 pm

by Steve Peterson

Scheduling games and meets has been a traditional role of high school athletic directors.

Until this spring one could usually “roll with the punches” of Mother Nature in the tug-of-war between winter and spring conditions.

“It’s been a challenge. We try to communicate as much as possible via e-mail or phone; it’s usually by phone. You’re looking for dates to try and get events in,” said West Sioux Athletic Director Ryan Kramer, in his first year as “AD.”

One prime example of communication took place April 23.

“We knew it would be difficult to get the football field ready with the snow. I called the MOC-Floyd Valley athletic director because they often use the Northwestern College turf field. Northwestern agreed to let us use it and got the snow off of it for the matches,” said Kramer.

For golf, schools facing washed out events can go to a triangular or quadrangular format.

“But that limits the junior varsity’s time on the course,” said Kramer.

The many recent scheduling changes had a quirk of a plus for West Sioux’s track and field meet. Delayed a week, more boys and girls teams were able to compete on April 25.

The War Eagle Conference does not have set makeup dates and schools are on their own to revise the schedules, which came out during the dry month of March.

Schedule changes are made official on the school’s website, www.westsiouxschools.org.

As of April 24, the Falcons’ boys and girls golf teams had the toughest time as golf had six of its eight matches changed, at least one was more than once.

Soccer held a 5-3 lead in matches played (some locations and times changed) to postponed or cancelled. One match was only a girls’ match at Sioux City West. It was scheduled for the storm event of April 22.

High school boys’ and girls’ track was at 3-2 postponements versus held events. A West Sioux meet was postponed a week to April 25.

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