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:
- Umpire Coordinator
- League Vice President
- Opposing Team Manager if he/she not present
- Team Members
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.