User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


41° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

Share your Photos, Videos, and Stories on uShare! Click here to get started.

News

[0] My Saved Articles
Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

Baseball Storm Safety

May 3, 2012, 7:39 AM by Austin Hoffman

Baseball Storm Safety
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

Thousands of kids in South Dakota make baseball a summer tradition. But along with the nice summer weather, severe storms can pop up at any time.
  
There are more than 200 league teams with thousands of kids and adults playing baseball this summer through the Sioux Empire Baseball Association.  The association has a policy to keep kids safe and the fields in top notch condition.

"That's the ultimate importance. We don't want to put these kids at any risk obviously," parent Jesse Johnston said.

Johnston says summer baseball is all about letting kids have a good time and to learn the sport. But above anything else, their health and well being is most important.

"I mean we don't even take a chance with them at all; even severe rain with thunder, they're done," Johnston said.

Sioux Empire Baseball Association Executive Director Lyle Smith says they are in constant communication with the National Weather Service whenever there's a possibility of severe weather. If they know it's coming, they try to have a decision made by four in the afternoon. But sometimes, weather can throw them a curve ball.

"Once the games get underway, we do have site directors at every complex and I'm in constant communication with those people in the event that there is a severe weather warning," Smith said.

And sometimes the decisions aren't always a home run.

"As a weather man would probably let you know, you can't always be 100 percent perfect on your weather forecast and there are days that we have simply bagged the games because of what we thought was coming," Smith said.

Johnston says Smith is very good at making the call when it comes to games. But when it comes to practices, coaches have to make the decision. Parents can also call it quits at any time.

"If a parent says though, 'hey this has gone too far,' they can pull their kid. But I think a coach would make that decision long before a parent would have to step in and say 'we're taking our kid,'" Johnston said.

The best way to see if your game has been cancelled is to check the KELOLAND Closeline, listen to local radio stations, check the Sioux Empire Baseball Association's website, or call the office.

Previous Story

Next Story


Comments







 
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

View news

You may also like

Body Of Missing Realtor Found At Arrowhead Park

10/18/2014 3:22 PM

The body of a missing Sioux Falls realtor has been found.

Full Story
SFPD Search For Missing Realtor

10/18/2014 11:45 AM

The Sioux Falls Police Department is asking for the public’s help in finding a missing woman.

Full Story
UPDATE: Two People Dead In SF Crash

10/17/2014 9:52 PM

Two people are dead after a two vehicle crash on Friday night in Sioux Falls.

Full Story
Body Of Pam Kneip Found After Search

10/18/2014 10:00 PM

Hundreds of volunteers gathered by an entrance at Arrowhead Park Saturday as police conducted a search for a missing woman.  The friends, family ...

Full Story | Watch
Police Release Names In Deadly Sioux Falls Crash

10/18/2014 8:19 PM

Police say two Sioux Falls men died in a crash Friday evening in the western part of the city.

Full Story


Events