Soggy fields creating challenges for outdoor sports teams

Local News

April showers bring May flowers- except when it’s still showering in May. This spring has been unseasonably rainy and it’s been a problem for some local sports teams starting to practice outdoors.

Soccer season starts in mid-May and president of Irondequoit Soccer Club, Justin Connor, said when the weather is still this wet this late it’s challenging.

“It’s very hard for us to get out there and get the kids an opportunity to practice and get ready for the season,” Connor said.

Chris Genrich co-owns Regional Sports Center New York- and his business has been thriving.

“We’ve had people call every day looking for an hour or two hours just because the field that they had planned on playing on just wasn’t ready,” he said.

Chris said due to the condition of the fields outside he’s seen a 30 percent increase in business from last year at this time.

Connor said playing on fields when they’re swampy can create ruts and holes and safety concerns.

“If we can wait until they’re dryer there’s less chance of damaging the fields…Getting muddy is never the issue the kids love that but it’s more about the injuries.”

Soccer season starts soon ad Connor said he hopes it’s dry by then.

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