Play Ball — Not Yet:Lingering Snow Makes Outside Fields Unusable

Sliding into second base these days would require  snow pants and galoshes rather than cleats and long pants, and high school teams across the area are finding that the record-setting snow could force most their season to be going, going and gone.

With more than one foot of snow still occupying many baseball and softball fields due to the Snowmageddan of the past 60 days, many local high school programs are scratching their heads about what they’ll do to conduct part of a season without a field. Athletic directors and coaches from Everett, Chelsea and Revere all said they are having to look for creative solutions – and most practices are indoors for the moment – but they believe that they’ll figure out a way.

Unlike track or tennis, the ball fields cannot be plowed clean, and shoveling them out might provide some good exercise for the players, but isn’t exactly practical.

John DiBiaso, Everett High’s director of athletics, said in his career as AD, he couldn’t recall wintry weather wreaking as much havoc on the spring sports schedule as it has this year.

“This is the worst weather we’ve ever experienced heading in to the spring season,” said DiBiaso.

He said the baseball and softball fields are “not close” to being ready for the start of the 2015 season. The Everett varsity baseball and softball teams play their home games at Glendale Park, which is still covered in snow after a brutal winter that set a record for snowfall in the Boston area.

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