March 2015

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30 SportsTurf | March 2015 "I f you don't like the weather then wait a day" is a common statement in Missouri. That must have been the thinking for scheduling conference baseball games here in February several years ago. Unfortunately this cannot be helped; in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) with our 14 teams, and many other Midwest and northern conferences, it is standard. The question is, what do we do when it's Baseball vs. Snow? Here at the University of Central Missouri much of the time we are just far enough south that we will be able to pull off games in February but 2012 was not one of those years. Home games were scheduled for a February 20 doubleheader followed by another dou- bleheader on February 23 and a single game on the 24th. The tarp was put on the field on the 19th as 2 inches of rain fell into the 20th. The next day the snow started. Over the 21st and 22nd we got 11 inches of snow and then on the 23rd and 24th another 13+ plus came (after that much you just quit measuring). So though the games were of course cancelled, another was scheduled for March 7 and we had a team really wanting to practice on their field. No frozeN tuNdra Several days later we had main campus cleared and safe so our attention could turn back to the field. The amount was no longer 2 feet due to the snow com- pacting and some melting from the bottom. Many people had told me to blade the snow to the warning track and scoop it over the fence. But the problem Snow vS. baSeball: one turf manager'S Story FACILITY & OPERATIONS ■ By Brad Mackey

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