The majority of the high school baseball, softball and tennis schedule was postponed Monday after wind chills dipped the RealFeel temperature to 19 degrees in the afternoon. The decision to postpone was left with officials at the individual high schools.
"If the school wanted to postpone or cancel, our policy is they move the contest to the next available date," said Ed Cinelli, the executive director of Section XI, Suffolk's governing body of interscholastic athletics. "It's strictly up to the schools to move the games. It's incredibly cold."
The state's wind chill policy doesn't require a postponement unless the RealFeel temperature is minus 11 degrees or lower. That temperature is so cold that no coach remembers that ever being a factor.
"That minus 11 number in the wind chill policy is absolutely ridiculous," said Tony Frascogna, the Suffolk baseball chairman and coach at Patchogue-Medford. "What's the difference of 5 degrees or minus 11. It's totally uncomfortable. We can't have players out there in this kind of weather. I don't want my guys playing in freezing temperatures with wind chills into the teens. The fields are frozen and it becomes a safety issue."
Lindenhurst coach Mike Canobbio found some levity in the wind chill policy. "It's incredible, because it states to keep the athletes hydrated with water breaks in sub freezing temperatures -- they meant to say ice breaks."