BILLINGS — Thursday night's volleyball matches at Billings Senior and Billings West have been postponed to Monday due to transportation scheduling problems for the Bozeman and Gallatin teams.
Bozeman will play at Billings Senior on Monday at 7 p.m. Gallatin plays at West at the same time.
In an email to School District 2 coaches, MOA officials and media, Billings Public Schools Director of Activities and Athletics Mark Wahl also said that Saturday’s junior varsity soccer matches in Great Falls are in jeopardy because of a lack of officials in the Great Falls area.
In the same email, Wahl wrote that he’d been in touch with the transportation company for BPS and was informed that the “shortage of drivers is extremely dire.”
In a phone call with The Billings Gazette and 406mtsports.com, Wahl said that Billings Public Schools is looking at different strategies to help with the situation. Options included doubling up teams on trips and even limiting the number of players who can go on trips in order to minimize the number of buses needed.
Wahl also said future schedules might include games on Mondays and Wednesdays so games aren’t bunched up on other days, relieving the pressure on busing companies and officials’ schedules.
“I hope it’s just a difficult phase we’re going through,” Wahl said. “But who knows how long this could last?”