Introduction: UVA Baseball Game Postponed
The University of Virginia’s (UVA) baseball game against the University of North Carolina (UNC) was originally scheduled for Tuesday, April 16, 2019. Unfortunately, the game was postponed due to inclement weather in the area. This was the first time the UVA baseball team had a game postponed since the 2017 season.
Why Was the UVA Baseball Game Postponed?
The UVA baseball game against UNC was postponed due to severe weather in the Charlottesville, Virginia area. Specifically, the National Weather Service had issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the area, with sustained winds of up to 50 miles per hour and gusts of up to 70 miles per hour. In addition, heavy rain and hail were also forecasted.
Impact of Severe Weather on UVA Baseball Game
The severe weather posed a risk to the safety of players, coaches, staff, and fans alike. The UVA baseball team and UNC both agreed that postponing the game was the safest option.
The postponement of the game also had an impact on the UVA baseball team’s schedule. The game was rescheduled for a later date and time, which disrupted the team’s practice and game schedule.
Safety Protocols in Place for UVA Baseball Games
The UVA baseball team and UNC have safety protocols in place for games that are impacted by severe weather. These protocols are designed to ensure the safety of everyone at the game, including players, coaches, staff, and fans.
The protocols include the following:
- Lightning Detection System: UVA and UNC have installed lightning detection systems at all of their baseball stadiums. These systems detect lightning in the area and provide an audible warning when lightning is detected.
- Severe Weather Warning System: UVA and UNC also have a system in place that provides alerts when severe weather is forecasted in the area. These alerts are sent out via email, text message, and social media.
- Safe Spaces: UVA and UNC both have designated safe spaces at their baseball stadiums where players, coaches, staff, and fans can go in the event of severe weather. These spaces are designed to provide a safe area to wait out the storm.
UVA Baseball Team’s Response to Postponement
The UVA baseball team understands the importance of safety and is supportive of the decision to postpone the game against UNC. The team understands that their safety and the safety of everyone at the game is of utmost importance.
The team has also been understanding of the disruption to their practice and game schedule. The team remains focused on the task at hand and is looking forward to playing their rescheduled game against UNC.
UVA Fans’ Response to Postponement
UVA fans have been understanding of the decision to postpone the game against UNC. Most fans understand the importance of player and fan safety and are supportive of the decision to postpone the game.
The UVA athletics department has worked hard to inform fans of the rescheduled game date and time. Fans have been understanding of the disruption to their plans and are still looking forward to attending the rescheduled game.
Other UVA Baseball Games Postponed in Recent Years
The UVA baseball team has had other games impacted by severe weather in recent years. In 2017, the team had a game against UNC postponed due to inclement weather. The game was later rescheduled and completed without any major issues.
The UVA baseball team’s game against UNC was postponed due to inclement weather in the area. The postponement was necessary to ensure the safety of players, coaches, staff, and fans alike. The UVA baseball team, UNC, and UVA fans have all been understanding of the decision to postpone the game and are looking forward to the rescheduled game.
The UVA baseball team has had other games impacted by severe weather in recent years, but the team has always been understanding of the situation and remained focused on their goals. The team is looking forward to playing their rescheduled game against UNC and continuing on with their season.
National Weather Service
- National Weather Service. (2019). Severe Thunderstorm Warning. Retrieved from weather.gov/rnk/SevereThunderstorm
- UVA Athletics. (2019). UVA Baseball Game Postponed. Retrieved from virginiasports.com/news/2019/4/16/baseball-uva-baseball-game-vs-north-carolina-postponed.aspx