Spring Grove football coach Russ Stoner is using huddle.com and a video-conference to watch tape of his next foe, South Western, with his assistants and
Spring Grove football coach Russ Stoner is using huddle.com and a video-conference to watch tape of his next foe, South Western, with his assistants and players. (Bil Bowden)

Thank goodness for technology.

At least that's how several local athletic directors and coaches feel at this point when it comes to dealing with Hurricane Sandy.

District 3 officials have been in touch with athletic directors, who have been informing their coaches, who have been trying to alert all of their players. And it's all being done by cell phone calls, text messages and emails.

Meanwhile, one local football team in particular is using the Internet to prepare for its upcoming opponent.

District 3: District 3 tournament games involving two local boys' and girls' soccer teams and five local girls' volleyball teams have been pushed back by a day or two because of the expected weather conditions.

And there is a possibility some events could be pushed back even further, according to Dallastown athletic director Tory Harvey. Harvey is responsible for overseeing the District 3 scheduling involving girls' volleyball.

"(District 3 chairman) Sam Elias has been in contact with (PIAA executive director Robert) Lombardi at the state office to see if there is any flexibility to move the state (girls' volleyball) tournament back," Harvey said. "We need to get our district entries (for girls' volleyball) in by Saturday night. We're going to see if Dr. Lombardi can give us any relief on that."

College: The weather is having an effect on the scheduling at the college level, too.

The York College women's soccer Capital Athletic Conference Tournament semifinal game scheduled for Tuesday at Frostburg State has been pushed back to Thursday.

The Spartan men's soccer team will play its CAC Tournament semifinal game at Frostburg State on Thursday as well. It had been scheduled for Wednesday.

The CAC women's volleyball tournament first-round match pitting York Catholic at St. Mary's has been moved from Tuesday until Thursday.

Leah Deter and her Susquehannock girls’ volleyball teammates are playing a waiting game for their District 3-AAA first-round match vs. Cumberland
Leah Deter and her Susquehannock girls' volleyball teammates are playing a waiting game for their District 3-AAA first-round match vs. Cumberland Valley. (Bil Bowden)

Preparations: The schedule alterations and school cancellations are having a big impact on the preparations for local teams competing in district tournaments.

York Catholic girls' soccer coach Ryan Luckman said his team practiced Saturday and Sunday, knowing there no would be no practice on Monday and possibly none Tuesday.

"We're supposed to play Wednesday," Luckman said. "I would love to have one more (practice) and not have two days off going into the game. But if that's what we have to do, then that's what we have to do."

Most schools have a policy in place that if the school day is canceled because of weather conditions, then there are no sporting events allowed to be played that day. However, Luckman said York Catholic is a little bit more lenient.

"If school is canceled (Tuesday), I'll talk to the athletic director and principal and see if it's viable to have practice," Luckman said. "But if it's not a safe situation then we won't practice."

Football: With school being canceled again Tuesday at most, if not all, local districts, high school football programs likely won't be able to get back out on the field to practice until Wednesday, at the earliest.

"And I'm not sure if we can get to school until Thursday with some of the flooding they're calling for now," Spring Grove football coach Russ Stoner said.

If that's the case, Stoner said he would prefer Friday's game at South Western be pushed back to Saturday to give both teams an extra day of practice. Stoner said pushing the game back to Monday wouldn't work because the District 3 football tournaments start the following week.

"But it doesn't really matter to me when we play. We can play in the parking lot if we have to," Stoner said.

To prepare for South Western, Stoner said he and his coaching staff have instructed his group of 40-plus players to do exercises at home. The coaches and players are also holding a group video-conference through huddle.com to watch game tape of South Western.

No matter what happens with the scheduling for District 3 tournaments or football games, though, Harvey is just focused on making sure everyone is safe.

"You just have to take things one day at a time right now," he said. "The most important thing right now is making sure your family is OK and your friends are safe."

Scheduling: District 3 girls' soccer matches have been pushed back from Monday to Wednesday.

In Class A, the No. 5 seed York Catholic girls will take on top-seeded Tulpehocken at 5 p.m. at Hempfield High School.

In boys' soccer, the No. 5 seed Biglerville Canners will face top-seeded Trinity at 7 p.m. at Hempfield on Thursday.

Girls' volleyball quarterfinal matches have been moved from Tuesday to Wednesday.

In Class AAA, Susquehannock is set to face Cumberland Valley at 6 p.m. at Central York. Meanwhile, Central York will take on Garden Spot at Hempfield at 6 p.m.

In a Class AA double-header at Dallastown, Eastern York will face Palmyra at 6 p.m. followed by Delone Catholic against West Perry at 7:30 p.m.

In Class A, Christian School of York will play Dayspring Academy at 7:30 p.m. at Wilson.

-- Reach John Walk at jwalk@yorkdispatch.com.