Scheduled games are played unless inclement weather prevails.
Player conflicts are not recognized as legitimate reasons for game cancellation.
School or church functions where a large percentage of players have conflicts may be valid and may be accommodated, unless a large number of rainouts conflict with rescheduling. Then the game would be a forfeit.
Cancel a game if the field is nonplayable due to standing water, or they are unable to support the body weight of the players.
In the event of a cancellation, call the following people in this order:
League Vice President
Opposing Team Manager if he/she not present
The home team manager is responsible for this procedure.
However, if the fields are under water and more rain is on the way, the visiting manager may get the procedure started.
The goal is to prevent as many people from coming to the ball park as possible, especially the umpires. If they show up and the game has been cancelled, they get paid. We need to prevent this needless expenditure.
Guidelines for Game Cancellation
Soft playing field
Raining presently on a soft field
Lightning (leave field immediately with a game delay if you wish)
Weather conditions not conducive to safe play
Field conditions not conducive to safe play
Common sense must prevail (don’t let a 14-year-old umpire call a game on you after the first pitch)
If the fields are nonplayable, the game is cancelled.
Playing on the grass is prohibited by the Wheaton Park District.
Rescheduling of Cancelled Games
A cancelled game must be rescheduled by the League Vice President as soon as possible. In theory, it would be perfect if they were rescheduled the following week. However, weather conditions, availability of umpires and availability of fields play a role in rescheduling.
Only League Vice Presidents and Presidents May Request Umpires
The Umpire Coordinator will not accept calls from managers requesting umpires. Your League Vice President or League President must make the arrangements.
We are all committed to provide high quality, safe-playing surfaces for our multi-use athletic ball fields, but we need the help and consideration of all user groups in protecting the turf/infield from excessive damage due to game and practice activities. The turf/infield is the safety surface for the athletic fields. If any of the following conditions occur scheduled games and practices must be canceled or postponed.
Ball Field Use Guidelines:
Standing water on the field of play.
Walking on turf/infield causes water to surface
Walking on turf/infield on heels causes indentions
Steady downpour of rain during/on game or practice day, which could cause damage to turf/infield or injury to participant
The Wheaton Park District provides two (2) bags of Quick Dry Ball Field Turface in each ball field’s equipment box. The two bags are intended for the use of only the field they are located on. Please do not remove Turface from other ball field equipment boxes.
If your Ball Field’s Equipment Box does not have a complete stock of two (2) bags of Turface, please contact:
Wheaton Park District
Monday through Friday, 9am to 4pm
Turface Use Policy:
No more than two (2) bags of TURFACE should be used on any single playing field.
Do not remove turface from other ball field equipment boxes.
Turface is only to be used on dirt infields.
The turface product is intended for use on that of damp infields in high traffic areas (i.e. bases and mound) and should not be used if the soil saturation covers a majority of the field as referred to in the Field Use Guidelines.
Turface should be spread over damp area in thin layer to help to cover the most square feet.
Turface should then be worked into the soil by raking the effected area to help dry and level. Raking/scraping other affected areas of the field without turface also helps the field dry and become playable.
Turface is not to be used in dugouts.
Coaches are encouraged to fill any holes and low spots of the infield after their games and/or practices. This will allow for better drainage in the event of ran and will prevent low spots from collecting water and becoming over saturated.
All used turface bags should be discarded in the nearest garbage can.
Please report use of turface to the Athletic Department so field equipment boxes can be replenished.
No more than two (2) bags of TURFACE should be needed to make an unplayable field – playable.
Visit the CDC website for the free online course: HEADS UP Online Training
Upon completion of the course and quiz, a certificate will be issued. Certificates should be printed and emailed to [email protected].
In accordance with the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act [325 ILCS 5/4], volunteers are required to report or cause a report to be made to the Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline at 1-800-25-ABUSE (1-800-252-2873) whenever there is reasonable cause to believe that a child known to that volunteer in their professional or official capacity may be abused or neglected.