Updated: 04/08/2014 9:27 PM
Created: 04/08/2014 5:06 PM WDIO.com
By: Maarja Anderson
It may feel like spring, but spring sports are still taking a hit after the long and snowy winter. Baseball, softball, golf and tennis players are all waiting for their turn outside.
Most Duluth kids are on Spring Break, and at the Duluth Heritage Sports Center this week the City of Duluth's Parks and Recreation department is hosting free lessons for kids to learn new sports.
Tuesday was golf.
"We're learning how to long shot, put and chip," explained 9-year-old Dylan Manchester.
Most people would like to play golf outside, but until the snow melts, indoor turf will have to do.
"We're normally opening mid-April or the third weekend in April, but this year and last have been pretty late," said Paul Schnitz, the director of golf at the Lester Park and Enger Park golf courses.
At Enger Park Golf Course, there is still three feet of snow in places. Schnitz says the clubhouses will open April 14, but the greens may not be ready for a few more weeks.
Baseball teams are also taking a hit.
"Look at it! The concession stand is practically buried. I want to play ball, we all want to play ball," said Jody Bassestt, a mother to a 12-year-old Little Leaguer as she looked at a snow-covered field.
Bassett is anxious to get her son out on the field, but Lake Park Little League said, luckily, they still have a few more weeks of registration before practice begins.
High school and college teams are having a tougher time.
"Our bus company and our hotel company are getting updates from me constantly," said Corey Kemp, the head coach for St. Scholastica baseball.
The team has been practicing inside since January and for games, the team has had to hop on a bus and head south.
"It's been life on the road. We've played 19 games thus far, only two of which have been in Minnesota," he said.
They've put 8,000 miles on the bus so far. Their first home game was scheduled for Tuesday, April 8, but the snow isn't off of Wade Stadium yet. It was postponed.
Kemp said they hope to have a home game by the end of the month.
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