Public, private school jurisdictions clear way for rescheduling of snowed-out games

January 11, 1996|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,CONTRIBUTING WRITER Sun staff writers Katherine Dunn, Glenn P. Graham, Pat O'Malley and Stan Rappaport contributed to this article.

The 30th annual meeting between the Mercy and Institute of Notre Dame girls basketball teams scheduled for Saturday night at Loyola College was one of many games postponed indefinitely because of the Blizzard of 1996.

The storm, which dumped more than two feet of snow in most areas, has created a rescheduling nightmare for coaches and athletic directors at both public and private high schools.

In Baltimore County, athletic directors will reschedule individual basketball games and wrestling matches but indoor track meets will not be made up, said Jill Masterman, specialist for Baltimore County Schools' Office of Athletics.

"We're following the same procedure as any time we have postponements," said Masterman. "Games will be rescheduled in the order in which they were postponed to avoid controversy. That way no preference is given to any particular game or games. Everybody reschedules by the same rules."

No preference will be given either to county league games and matches, she said.

Most likely, one game will be added to each week until the full slate has been rescheduled, said Masterman. "Athletic directors are waiting to find out when we are going to play again, so they can figure out where square one is and go from there," she said.

With the Baltimore County championship basketball games scheduled for Feb. 17, Masterman said there should be time to fit in all of the postponements.

Masterman said none of the lost track meets can be made up, because they are run at the Fifth Regiment Armory, which is booked solid with meets and other events for the winter.

Anne Arundel County coordinator of physical education Rick Wiles was expecting to be back at the Annapolis Central Offices today to start making phone calls to athletic directors, referees and those associated with events.

Schools in Anne Arundel are closed through Monday -- tomorrow because of the weather -- and Monday is the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Two games from this week will have to be made up, but it appears only one will be made up next week.

Semester exams begin the week of Jan. 22, so the additional game may have to be moved to the week of Jan. 29 because no games will be played Jan. 22 or 23. Games already are scheduled for Wednesday and Friday of exam week.

It's Wiles' hope that the Anne Arundel County teams can get into the schools to practice Monday, play Tuesday as scheduled and make up the Jan. 9 games on Wednesday. However, that depends on the conditions, and the threat of another storm this weekend could prevent that scenario.

Don Disney, coordinator of athletics in Howard County, said that if school reopens on Tuesday, girls and boys basketball games scheduled for that day most likely will be played.

Disney said wrestlers would be given extra weight allowances, probably up to 3 pounds.

As far as making up games, Disney said that if mid-term exams scheduled for the week of Jan. 22 are pushed back, teams will play that week. No games are scheduled until Friday that week because of exams.

Disney also said he would schedule games on Saturdays if needed and could tell coaches to cancel all out-of-county makeup games to ensure league play is completed.

In Carroll County, athletic directors see enough room in the rest of the season to make up games missed from this week's blizzard.

"We're still not in bad shape. It's early enough in the season that this is not a crisis, just a pain in the neck," said South Carroll athletic director Fred Baker.

Westminster AD Steve Thomson said the new open playoff format can be beneficial if more postponements take place later in the season.

Thomson recalled a situation a couple of years ago when one of the Westminster basketball teams was unable to reschedule a game against Montgomery Blair with county and Central Maryland Conference games taking precedence. Blair lost a chance at valuable playoff points.

"The county and CMC games come first," Thomson said. "One advantage of the open tournament is if you don't get all the games in, it's not going to hurt you."

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