Rain Frustrating Little League Play

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KIRKWOOD, MO. (KTVI) - Frustration is starting to grow for coaches and parents of little league baseball, softball and soccer teams.

Rain has already washed out more than twice the amount of games that were rained out at the Kirkwood Athletic Association all of last year.

"It stinks," said one softball player as the announcement was made that Thursday's games were cancelled.

Park manger Mike Wibbenmeyer estimates that about 200 games have been washed out this year.  He says that adds up to a week and a half of makeup dates.  All of last year there were 2 days when rain cancelled games at the association.

"If we're not flooding out, we're raining out," said Wibbenmeyer.  He keeps on eye on the field to determine whether it`s safe enough to play.

"We make sure the ground is sturdy enough for firm footing," he explained.

Some disappointed little leaguers headed to the nearby driving range that had an overhang to keep golfers dry.

One of the owners of the Family Golf and Learning Center says all area golf courses are taking a hit because the rain seems to be coming on the weekends.

"I would say it`s been about a 40% hit in the St. Louis area," said pro manager Stan Shaver.

He said the rain does improve his driving range business because golfers can stay dry while they practice.

Tim Burke brought his sons Jack and Brendan to the driving range on Thursday.

"They've had a bunch of baseball games rained out," explained Burke.

"We do all the practice for nothing," said his son, Brendan.

His brother, Jack, added, "It's very frustrating."

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