The threat of ice and snow arriving in the Baltimore area early Monday afternoon closed all area public schools, postponing games and canceling practices. In Baltimore City, this was the third straight school day teams were not able to play or practice.
Schools in the city were closed Thursday and Friday, and school buildings were not open for games or practice Saturday although a few basketball teams played on the road.
Tiffany Byrd, coordinator of athletics for the Baltimore City Public Schools, said teams have had to reschedule an average of two games or matches, but with so much of the season left, there’s plenty of time to make up the games.
“Winter and spring always bring a challenge,” Byrd said, “so while you know something will happen, you never know quite what, but you know you’re going to have to do some moving of contests. It is getting tight and there will be some weeks when we’re doing more competitions than practices, but we still have some room.”
While all public schools in the area were closed Thursday after a light snowfall overnight, Baltimore City schools were also closed Friday, because some schools had heating problems.
Douglass also closed early Wednesday because of a heating problem, so the Ducks have not practiced since Tuesday and haven’t played a game since December.
Most city teams have had at least one game postponed although not many games were scheduled for Thursday or Monday. A full slate of basketball games was postponed Friday. Even games scheduled Tuesday have been postponed. In boys basketball, Tuesday’s Lake Clifton at Patterson game has been pushed back to 5:15 p.m. Wednesday because the teams wanted to get a practice in first. Both teams haven’t had a practice since early last week.
Byrd said contests will be made up on a game-by-game basis as soon as possible.
“It’s a little too difficult to move everything,” Byrd said, “because somebody may have wrestling in the gymnasium and they schedule nonleague, so they have to work together to do those reschedules. We try to keep it the next available date for schools, but keep in mind that we have to look at our transportation, whether officials can accommodate us and whether school police is available, so there’s other things we have to check on before we can make those decisions.”
While Baltimore City had few games scheduled for Monday, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard counties had many basketball games scheduled as well as a few wrestling matches and swim meets.
Private and parochial schools also dismissed early on Monday.
In the girls Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland, several B and C Conference basketball games as well as a few nonleague games involving A Conference teams were postponed along with a few indoor soccer games.
A couple of Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association basketball games were postponed along with a full slate of squash and an ice hockey game.
As in the city, most games will be rescheduled on a case-by-case basis.
“It’s been tough, but we’ve had worse,” Byrd said, likely echoing the feelings of most area athletic administrators. “I believe two years ago, we missed out on a whole week or something and we couldn’t even make up our indoor championships for track. There was nothing you could do. By the time we got back it was time almost for the state meet, so it has been worse.”