4A softball schedules need fixing
April 29, 2012
I certainly hope that the schedule makers for 4A softball come to their senses before next spring.
The schedule that awaits the Carson softball team is ridiculous – four league games in five days – because people have a screw loose.
Up until this season, Saturday softball was always doubleheaders, and this year that hasn’t always been the case. Softball should be all doubleheaders even if it means getting out of school a little early. It’s a quick game, and you can do two games in four hours, including a 20-minute break between games. I know because I’ve umpired 4A softball.
I know that each team plays its 10 opponents twice during the seaon. Is there any reason at all why you can’t, for instance, play two Douglas games at Carson one year and then reverse it the following year?
I can understand baseball going away from doublehaders because I’ve had to sit through 3-hour seven-inning baseball games before, but softball is a different animal. Rarely have I seen a 7-inning game last more than two hours.
Come on people, think outside the box and fix the problem. Oh wait, I’m in Nevada and I’ve learned that thinking out of the box when it comes to high school athletics doesn’t really work here. Oh well, a person can hope.
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