Athletic directors throughout the state were busy Friday due to a downfall of snow and freezing rain.

Most area high schools canceled all sporting events for yesterday and some of today’s contests are also postponed - a verdict that athletic departments themselves don’t always get to make.

“The decision is sometimes taken out of our hands, as it is a transportation office decision,” said Carmel athletic director Jim Inskeep in an email. “While roads may be good in our area, that doesn't mean that rural roads or conditions on the South Side of Indianapolis are going to be the same.”

Carmel canceled its boys basketball game at home against Avon, and the school announced a makeup date of Jan. 16, with jv at 6 p.m. and varsity after. It’s been his experience, Inskeep said, that most schools work collaboratively on a decision to play or postpone a game, with the early-morning forecast playing an integral factor.

Noblesville assistant athletic director Tony Oilar echoed Inskeep’s insight.

“We want to make the correct decision as soon as possible … It is not only road conditions along with the forecast you have to consider. The condition of the host school’s parking lot and sidewalks are important,” Oilar said in an email. “But you have to remember that sometimes the forecast is wrong or it doesn't turn out to be nearly as bad as predicted.”

Both the Noblesville girls and boys basketball teams called off their basketball games at Zionsville. The girls were scheduled for 6 p.m., and the boys had a 7:30 p.m. tip-off. The games are rescheduled for Jan. 27. The girls will start at 6 p.m. and the boys will follow.

Both Westfield home basketball games against Hamilton Southeastern were also cancelled. The girls’ game has been rescheduled for Saturday at 1 p.m. A makeup date hasn’t been announced for the boys game, which can sometimes be difficult to find.

“If there is a postponement early in the season, it isn't too difficult to reschedule,” Oilar said. “If the postponement happens late in the season, it can be very difficult to reschedule. In that scenario, coaches have to understand the rescheduled date may not be perfect.”

Finding makeup dates varies by sport, Inskeep said. “In the spring, you eventually run out of dates in a season if it is filled with rain. In the winter, the question becomes playing three basketball games in one week versus two, or finding a makeup date for conference tournaments … Those changes can be pretty significant to the schedule versus one game in another sport.”

Carmel has moved its conference swimming meet and wrestling tournament the last three years due to weather, Inskeep said.

Hamilton Heights boys basketball game at home against Lapel was another contest that was forced to be rescheduled. A makeup date of Jan. 17, with junior varsity at 6 p.m. and varsity at 7:30 p.m.

The Huskies were planning on holding an appreciation night Friday. Heights athletic director Kurt Ogden said in an email the school still plans to give any military, veteran, police, fire or rescue personnel who are in uniform or shows appropriate ID free admission to the game Jan. 17.

Ogden also announced that a junior varsity player on Tipton, the Lady Huskies opponent on Saturday, is injured. Due to the injury, the Blue Devils won’t have enough healthy players to compete in the junior varsity game at noon. The Lady Huskies home varsity game against the Blue Devils is still scheduled to start at 1:30 p.m.

Heights also released these announcements concerning other Saturday athletic events:

Conference wrestling at Western- time change: moved to an 11 a.m. start time from 9:30 a.m.

Boys and girls swimming currently on as scheduled, start at 10 a.m

Boys basketball at Western Boone is currently on as scheduled, junior varsity at 6 p.m.; varsity at 7:30 p.m.

Fishers cancelled both its girls and boys home basketball games against conference rival Brownsburg Friday. The Tigers originally announced they were planning on playing the games, but sent out a second tweet a few hours later about the cancellation. A reschedule dates haven’t been announced.

Guerin cancelled its jv and varsity boys basketball games at Broad Ripple Friday and rescheduled the contests for Feb. 13. The junior varsity will start at 6 p.m., with varsity at 7:30 p.m.

The Guerin girls game at Lafayette Jefferson on Friday was called off, too - a makeup date hasn’t been announced - and University postponed its boys basketball game at Ritter. A new date hasn’t been announced, either.