G F L L W E A T H E R P O L I C I E S
All schedule change decisions are made by local league personnel and available only on the web site. Do not call another league or county number for scheduling change information.
Managers are encouraged to arrange for team notification using voicemail, e-mail or calling "trees." The following procedures govern postponing games or cancelling practices. Note that Nike is treated separate from other fields, so read the below policies knowing whether your field is Nike or one of the others. Games at McLean facilities will be controlled by McLean procedures.
General Game Postponement Policy
We try to play all games as scheduled, and therefore most delay/cancellation decisions will be made at the field at game time. Generally games are not postponed for light rain or moderate cold; but heavy rain or unsafe and unplayable field conditions that can't be remedied will require postponement.
If conditions CLEARLY are unplayable by 4 pm, the games will be postponed and this information made available on the website by 4:15 pm. If no postponement is announced by 4:15 pm, all team managers, coaches and players must report to the field. A go/no-go decision will be made at the field at game time.
Unless the weather is extreme, games will be postponed only on a case-by-case (time slot-by-time slot) basis. Therefore managers, coaches and players must report to the field at game time unless the website contains a message that all games have been postponed for that day. NOTE: a game may be postponed early in the day and later games played. Updated postponement information will be made available on the website as soon as decisions are made.
Play/No play decisions are in the hands of League Officials until a game is started. Once a game commences, halt/resume decisions are totally in the hands of the umpires.
Whenever available, the League Commissioner, President or the Board Member in charge of fields will decide whether to start or postpone a game. If none of the three is available either in person or by phone, the decision rests with BOTH managers. Both managers must agree that conditions are acceptable for safe play. If either manager disagrees, the game will be delayed or postponed. Games will not be postponed for light rain or moderate cold, but heavy rain or unsafe and unplayable field conditions that can't be remedied will require postponement.
Play/No play decisions rest with both managers
If no information is posted about the field, the managers may rely on the information on the website concerning the Nike Fields as a guide, but they may decide differently based on their own observations of the conditions at the other field if they choose. The decision rests with BOTH managers. Both managers must agree that conditions are acceptable for safe play. If either manager disagrees, the game will be delayed or postponed. Games will not be postponed for light rain or moderate cold, but heavy rain or unsafe and unplayable field conditions that can't be remedied require postponement.
Rescheduling Postponed Games
Majors' and Minors' (AAA & AA) postponed games automatically will be re-scheduled for the immediate next Sunday by the League Commissioner. Managers, coaches, players and parents are on notice that any game postponed from Monday through Saturday will be played on the immediately following Sunday (assuming suitable weather). Every attempt will be made to play all games postponed during the week on the Sunday that ends the same pitching week. Note: local rules provide for the pitching week to run from Monday through Sunday, so playing the postponed game on the first Sunday will preserve normal weekly pitcher rotations to the extent possible. (Pitchers used on Sunday will be ineligible to pitch on Monday; and their eligibility to pitch Tuesday and Wednesday games may be affected, see the rules.) Coach pitch and tee ball games usually cannot be rescheduled.
Weekdays, if conditions CLEARLY are unplayable by 4 pm, the fields will be CLOSED. Sometimes it may be possible to allow a restricted practice in the outfield only. If conditions are too poor to allow use of the infields, but the outfields can sustain use, this condition will be reported on the website, and practices may be held at the manager's discretion. Under these circumstances ALL ACTIVITY MUST BE RESTRICTED TO THE OUTFIELDS. NO USE OF THE INFIELDS IN ANY WAY WILL BE ALLOWED. If either a CLOSED or OUTFIELD ONLY determination is made, this information will be available on the website by 4:15 PM. Weekends, initial postings will be on the website by 7:30 am Saturday or 11:00 am Sunday. If appropriate, this information will be updated during the day.
Practice/no practice decisions are made by the manager. The manager may rely on information on the website concerning the Nike Fields as a guide, but may decide differently based on his own observations of the conditions at the specific practice field if he chooses. The manager should not risk injury or illness; nor permit damage to the fields. The decision rests solely with the good judgment of the manager.