OSCEOLA COUNTY\u00a0\u2014 When severe weather conditions hit the area, school officials are frequently on call, determining whether or not there will be classes as scheduled. Athletic directors are also on the spot as they need to determine the status of their schedules. \u201cThe challenge of rescheduling games is starting to heat up,\u201d Pine River athletic director Aaron Schab said on Monday. \u201cWe had one cheer competition and two wrestling tournaments cancelled this past Saturday. Otherwise we have one boys basketball game that was canceled and will be played this Saturday. \u201cI am not sure if we are quite to the point that we were last winter, but we have a good seven weeks left of winter sports. Last winter season seemed like we had snow days every week so I am hoping we are through the worst of the weather. Last spring was a nightmare as well.\u201d Right now, the winter season is creating challenges galore. \u201cThis seems a little bit worse this early,\u201d said Evart AD Randy Kruse. \u201cIt\u2019s boom, boom, boom, boom. It\u2019s mid-January and we\u2019ve had four cancellations. It\u2019s unusual \u00a0to have four or five during the year but to have four this early is unusual.\u201d Other athletic directors agree. \u201cIt\u2019s a pain,\u201d Reed City athletic director Kris Griffin said regarding cancelling and rescheduling sporting events. \u201cSome of the guidelines are the same for cancelling sporting events and school, but it really depends on the roads and the weather. We look at safety first.\u201d While all schools handle things differently, most look for similar signs and factors when considering the cancellation of an athletic event. \u201cIt\u2019s tough to call sports on temperature,\u201d Griffin said after calling off a Reed City girls game at Lakeview last week. \u201cCold is a challenge. Schools can be closed for snow or cold, but that doesn\u2019t necessarily apply to sporting events. But if it\u2019s super cold and feels like less than 20 below outside, it\u2019s tough. We want to make sure it\u2019s safe outside for both schools.\u201d The protocol and the timeline has minor differences between schools depending on size, but the process is basically the same for postponing extracurricular events on days with no school. \u201cWe talk to the superintendent, the coaches and other athletic directors and our principal, Monty Price, who used to be our athletic director,\u201d Griffin said. \u201cI was on the phone with Lakeview\u2019s AD at 8 a.m. (Monday) morning (Jan. 6) talking about whether we would play or not. We say we\u2019ll have a decision at noon, but we like to know before that for the parents and officials, especially because we don\u2019t have transportation for sports, it\u2019s all parents. We try to post the information on our school webpage as soon as we know.\u201d One of the biggest challenges that goes with the whole process is rescheduling games. \u201cFor us the biggest challenge is rescheduling games.\u00a0The reschedule shuffle is tough,\u201d Griffin said. \u201cWe struggle with gym availability and it\u2019s tough because we can only play three games per week for the MHSAA and our conference is so spread out. Our conference games are the ones we give priority when we try to reschedule.\u201d \u201cYou try to give them the full slate of games and try to schedule it,\u201d Kruse said. \u201cSometimes you can\u2019t find a date. But all of ours are rescheduled.\u201d Every week from now on involves two games for the basketball teams, Kruse noted, making ADs hopeful that no more postponements will be forthcoming. \u201cThis week the girls will play three because of next Saturday,\u201d Kruse said. \u201cThe boys have \u00a0another couple where they\u2019ll play three those weeks. That\u2019s all we have left.\u201d Evart is among the schools that cancels games and practices the day that a regularly schedule school day is cancelled. \u201cIt\u2019s a school rule, each school has their own rule,\u201d Kruse said. \u201cIf you\u2019re saying you\u2019re not going to have school because of the weather, then it\u2019s kind of crazy to say we trust people to come in (from a safety standpoint)...for games, but not for the regular day.\u201d Evart still has usually been able to reschedule its events. \u201cYou\u2019re hoping both schools have the date open,\u201d Kruse said. Pine River does it differently. \u201cWe do not have a policy that restricts us from playing in the event that school is cancelled,\u201d Schab said. \u201cOften the roads are cleared and safer to travel by late afternoon, so we have played games at night when school was closed that day. With the possibility of winter storms at any time, I like to play contests on their original date if at all possible.\u201d Herald-Review sports writer Daine Pavloski contributed to this report.