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RAIN OUT POLICIES AND PROCEEDURES

  • SAFETY: The main concern always is safety. There is risk of injury when playing on a muddy field. I would rather be "safe than sorry" in this situation. So, if there is ever any doubt I will always make the decision what is safest for the athletes.
  • WEATHER: I will rarely use the weather prediction to make my decision unless there is a storm right on top of us within 30 minutes.
  • EDUCATED GUESS: So, this is the hard part. Clearly, when we have water on the field or a field that is muddy we can't play at that time. The question is, "can we get it ready by game time". That requires an educated guess based on if we are supposed to get anymore rain, the temperature, the wind and the amount of sun. So, we have to make an educated guess by 3:00pm if we can get the field(s) ready by the game time and unless they are playable at 3, this isn't easy to do. So, then it comes down to if what mistake would we rather make. Cancel and we should have played or play and we shouldn't have played. Again, safety is the first thought and usually I rather take the chance on canceling instead of playing.
  • LARGE FACILITY: We have 12 fields and a football field that we maintain and this takes a lot of people on a good day. I don't believe there are many facilities around that has this many fields. We often have 8-9 games on a given night to prepare. Then the question gets to which fields can we get ready as sometimes we just don't have enough staff to get that many fields ready when it is really wet (like today). So, sometimes we try to get a few fields ready if we can. Sometimes it is just too wet to get even a few ready.
  • CAN WE RESCHEDULE: There are times that rescheduling is really going to be a complete nightmare or even impossible. If we can reschedule the games fairly easily I will take that option rather than spend a lot of money getting a wet field ready and risking injury to the players.
  • CARE OF THE FIELDS: We have large puddles on every field right now. These puddles are caused by low spots. Low spots are caused by many things but they are always made larger by doing things like "pumping the water", "pushing the water out" (with rakes or squeegees). Again, if we are in a situation where we do not have a good option, yes we might have to resort to these desperate means but when we do this every time it rains, it just make the next rain even more difficult. We honestly need to stop this cycle of damaging the fields. There are better ways that actually improve the fields but this will take extra bodies, funding and resources of which we plan on implementing next year. I have plans to improve the field surfaces and this will really improve our chances of playing when we do get a lot of rain.
  • FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS: It costs extra money in "man hours", supplies and sometimes umpires when we have rain issues.
  • STAFFING: It takes a lot of people to maintain the fields and currently we have two groundskeepers. We lost some workers due to school and haven't been about to replace them. This is a giant priority for me next year. It is too late with a few weeks left in the season to hire anymore but it takes hard work to get 8 fields ready to play when they are really wet using two people. In fact, impossible.
  • RESCHEDULING: I realize that rescheduling can cause problems with teams/coaches and I try to follow a consistent pattern in rescheduling in the season. It can be difficult to find times to reschedule the games and personally I would rather play than cancel but, again, there are so many considerations and rainouts/rescheduled games are part of the baseball/softball world.
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