Game On for Alabama High School Athletics!

By Taylor Barnhill  - bio | e-mail | Twitter

SEALE, AL (WTVM) - It's play-off time for some high school sports but fields have been empty since Thursday because the Alabama High School Athletic Association postponed games due to the Swine Flu.

Ron Ingram is the Communications Director for AHSAA. He told News Leader Nine, "They agreed to suspend play until we could see where the Swine Flu epidemic might be going and over the weekend it was under control and schools would be re-opening."

High school baseball, softball, soccer and golf coaches throughout the state all had to re-schedule games.

The Russell County High School softball coach, Miranda Griggs said, "We talked to our girls immediately, told them the situation and explained what was going on and what Swine Flu was so they would understand the precautions and why it was necessary."

AHSAA resumed games Tuesday after consulting the State Health Department and area coaches.

"They all understand we were facing a situation with a lot of unknowns and nobody wants to put children in harm's way. We all worked together and now we're working hard to move on and catch up the schedule," explained Ingram.

And Russell County's softball team is certainly team ready to play.

Griggs added, "We just had to mentally prepare and get ready again because we were pumped to play last weekend. We took Friday off, got some rest and we're leaving today to compete and we'll compete tomorrow."

Right now coaches are just hoping the rain holds off long enough to get these games played, and they won't have to face another postponement.