CLOVER -- If Dudley Lybrand's Clover High boys basketball team had to practice on an outdoor court with concrete surface and chain-laced rims, the players would be totally out of their element.
Clover spring sports participants experienced a reversal of sorts when four days of continuous rainfall moved practice indoors last week.
"We practiced in the gym but it's not the same," Clover High School baseball coach Darrell VanDyke said of the alternative practice site.
With other CHS teams needing to use the gym, VanDyke said the Blue Eagles often share the facility.
"We lack the space needed to meet field dimension requirements from first base to third," noted VanDyke. "It limits what we're able to accomplish.
"It's a different demeanor."
Though the players sometimes get stir crazy practicing in the gym, the indoor activity does have its advantages.
"It's a chance to relax and tweak some things," noted VanDyke. "But it's not the same excitement as outdoor practices."
The CHS coach said the closest thing gym practice comes to duplicating outdoor preparations would be the bullpen activity.
"It is what it is," VanDyke said of the four-day rainfall sending the team indoors. "All teams go through it, including our opponents."
Clover head softball coach Shea Hall said the use of batting cages makes indoor practices more productive.
"We are fortunate to have the batting cages for gym use," commented Hall. "We are able to accomplish more than other teams indoors."
While the batting cages are put to use, Hall said the players don't like practicing indoors.
"With so much time on our hands, the players feel we get too creative," she said.
The rescheduling of games because of the rainy weather will be felt as the season moves along.
"We will play five games next week," Hall said. It's okay if we win and gain momentum. But if we lose a couple games, we have to stop the bleeding.
Like her coaching colleague, VanDyke, Hall understands the Lady Blue Eagles aren't the only team impacted by the rainfall.
"All teams are coping with the rainouts," she said. "We have to deal with it."
Hall hopes the Lady Blue Eagles can deal with the remaining games in April with Shay Jackson and Casey Killian injury-free.
Jackson, the team's No. 1 pitcher since seventh-grade, was expected to return to the mound this week after recovering from a fractured elbow.
Killian, a slick-fielding second-baseman and timely hitter, suffered a concussion in a recent game and has been cleared to play.