SCUGOG: The amount of rain, fallen in the Scugog area this summer has, on multiple occasions, forced the township to close sports fields, and summer sports league officials to postpone and reschedule games.
“This year, the total number of games we’ve had to reschedule is 37,” Dave Weller, President of the Port Perry and District Minor Softball Association, told The Standard. “In previous years, we have not had to reschedule 10 [games].”
Mr. Weller also noted, Tuesdays have been the worst for cancelled games, with 16 cancellations.
Mike Donnelly, Scugog’s Operations Manager, said there have been 10 times the Township has had to close all diamonds and an additional five times the township has had to close the Joe Fowler North Diamond.
“It’s been a trying year, that’s for sure,” Mr. Donnelly said.
To put these numbers in perspective, Mr. Donnelly noted there were no closures of baseball diamonds in 2015 and 2016, and 9 diamond closures in 2014.
“It has been challenging even getting the grass cut at the parks and the diamonds,” Mr. Donnelly said.
It is the Township’s responsibility to notify baseball leagues of diamond closures by 4:30 p.m. After that, it is up to the discretion of the leagues whether they decide to cancel or postpone games.
When it comes to soccer, Mr. Donnelly told The Standard that a tournament was cancelled in mid May and there was one game cancelled this year due to thunderstorms.