Spring sports aren't much without one key element, spring.
Most baseball fields are still frozen and covered in snow, making it difficult for teams to start their seasons.
The crack of a bat making contact with a baseball, the smell of freshly popped popcorn, at Aviator Stadium in Loves Park, it may still be awhile before you can experience these sensations.
Cool temperatures have kept the snow from melting completely.
"We're going to have to wait for the ground to thaw and then dry up, because the ground is frozen," says, Jared Revlett, Director of Media for the Rockford Aviators.
Opening day for the Rockford Aviators isn't until May 16th, so their season will likely not be affected by the cold spring. But the minor league team isn't the only group to use the field
"We have over 300 events that are held here at the stadium every year," says Revlett. "Not just the Aviators, but as well as Rockford University and some local high school teams."
Several of those games needed to be rescheduled.
"It can create some problems rescheduling. You have to work around the team's schedule and whether or not the field is available for a rescheduled game," says Revlett.
At Rock Valley College, the story is the same.
"We were supposed to play here Wednesday, I do not know if we're going to play. Hopefully we do," says baseball player Cory Starnes.
Michaela Strick is Captain of the RVC softball team. "We were supposed to play away tomorrow at Triton, but it got canceled," she says.
So far, the RVC Baseball team has had to cancel or reschedule six games due to weather
"It's everywhere, it's all over the Midwest. So everybody's struggling with the same thing,"says RVC Baseball Head Coach Kevin Vest.
Coaches say the consequences of that won't be felt immediately.
"The biggest thing you have to worry about right now is all the games are getting canceled early on that you're going to get into the last 2 to 3 weeks of the season, and you're going to have to play 6 games out of 7 days a week, and you don't want to do that. your kids need time to recover," says Darin Monroe, RVC Head Softball Coach.
For now, the RVC teams spend their practices in an empty field and in the batting cages, hoping their first home game isn't the first time they step foot on the diamond.
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