Mother Nature stuck her nose into things on Monday.
The NYSPHSAA heat index protocol — you can't play or practice when the Temperature Humidity Index is 96 degrees or more — was responsible for knocking out two games. Cambridge's game at Hoosick Falls was postponed early in the day and Hadley-Luzerne's game at Whitehall was called when the heat index was still in the red zone at 5 p.m.
Four local games were played, and I half wondered if the standards were being overlooked. I checked with a couple of coaches and that appears not to be the case. Water breaks were implemented and one game was delayed (not by the heat, but the delay may have helped). The weather is supposed to be slightly better the next couple of days, but the THI may still get into the 90s.
Maybe we'll all look back on this and laugh when we're freezing our butts off at a sectional game.
Standings: I contacted every area coach over the weekend in hopes of getting my records up to date, and most responded. So hopefully the standings attached to this blog are up to date.
I'll try to attach standings to the blog at least twice a week, including Fridays, when we usually run them in the paper.
Stray thought: I thought about something last night, and it's not relevant this time of year, but I'll forget if I wait until sectionals arrive.
As we get into playoffs, most teams will practice penalty kicks. That's a good idea, since any game tied after overtime in the postseason will be decided by PKs. Every time I visit a practice, it's done the same way. Everyone kind of stands round and watches while players practice taking shots.
That's not the way it works during a game. The teams gather at midfield, and when it's their turn, each shooter makes the long jog down the field, all alone, heart probably pounding, adrenaline flowing, every pair of eyes in the place following them.
Why not practice it the way it'll happen in a game?
At the movies: I have a really unusual idea for a blog post, and it's not about soccer.
Some time this weekend I'm doing a post on my favorite all-time movies. It has nothing to do with anything, except to fill space on the weekend when not much is going on.
I'm not sure how interesting it will be, but doing kooky things seems to work on the Internet. By the way, if you're expecting to see movies like Titanic on there, forget it. My interest in movies is definitely off the beaten track.
Indirect kicks: I missed a milestone last week. Sarah Paige of Fort Ann became the school's all-time leading scorer, breaking Taylor David's old record of 63 goals. ... I'm hoping to catch up with alumni playing in college later this week. ... I'd like to see Schuylerville's game at Scotia on Tuesday, but no way I get out of the office for the two-hour round-trip drive. ... On second thought, I won't be one of the ones laughing when it's cold during sectionals. Can't stand the cold.