Intramural football, softball gets delayed start thanks to weather
by Airman Jose Climaco
The National Football League season play is under way. Major League Baseball's playoffs are heating up. Meanwhile, MacDill's athletes have only been able to watch on television as hurricanes have prevented flag football and softball seasons from starting as scheduled.
The flag football season began Sept. 15. Its start wasn't delayed as much as the softball fall season, which began Sept. 23, a delay of more than two weeks.
Unfortunately for softball players, softball was delayed longer because the fields don't drain as well as the football field.
Some games in the second week of the softball season were rescheduled due to Hurricane Jeanne.
The softball fields tend to drain slowly. Luckily for MacDill's flag football players there is a "nice drainage system under the football field which allows for good drainage," said Keith Pilawski, 6th Services Squadron sports director.
Mr. Pilawski said this year there is an increased participation in the two sports. Players and coaches have expressed some frustration but understand what's happening.
"They understand there's not a whole lot we can do about the weather," added the sports director.
Airman 1st Class Seth Long, 6th Air Mobility Wing claims paralegal, said he has been ready for a while and was disappointed he didn't get to play sooner.
"It's a chance to get out, relax and have fun with people you work with," added Airman Long.
Players and coaches receive updates about scheduled changes by logging on to http://eteamz.active.com/macdillafb. The site allows players and coaches to view schedules, times and locations for all games.
Mr. Pilawski said games will not be lost. All games will be played, meaning the season will end later than usual.