Heavy rain impacts NPSA schedule
Guardian Sports Reporter
Published: Jun 03, 2013
Executives in the New Providence Softball Association (NPSA) are singing the old nursery rhyme ‘rain, rain go away’, now that they are six games behind schedule.
Four games were canceled last week and two before that due to the inclement weather. Arthur Johnson, public relations officer, said the executives will make a decision on which days the games will be played, noting that they can be scheduled for any Monday, Wednesday, Friday and even Sunday.
“We haven’t rescheduled any of the games as yet,” said Johnson. “We were able to get two games in last night (Saturday), which was good because that would have really put us behind having to make-up eight games. It is still fairly early in the season, so we are not in panic mode in terms of catching-up. I am certain that the games will be played, just crossing our fingers that no more rain comes for the next couple of days.”
The NPSA regular schedule for play is Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Teams are given 72-hour notice on the time and date of the make-up game. This year only five women’s team registered and four men.
“There is a guy named Michael Laing who handles the field for us. So he preps the field hours before the game. Last night, even though we had a bit of rain before the game, we were still able to play because no water settled on the field. Michael went out earlier in the day and took the water that was there from the previous days off the field. That made it a lot easier for the game to be played last night, (Saturday).”
He said: “It is a balance season. The league is now very competitive. We have five women’s team and four men. Of course you will have one or two teams that are really not up there and will have to work their way up to the top. The Wildcats are starting to come up now. When Mary is able to come back they will be better. The Hitters are a very balance team and so is Proper Care. Most of the teams seem to have a lot of young players on their roster. That spells for growth for the league.”