Rainout & Lightning Guidelines
Rainout & Weather Guidelines
Our goal is always to get as much safe and fun play as possible. Depending on the level, we offer different guidelines for when and why to cancel a practice or game.
TLDR: cancel if it's too cold for your level or if the field is too wet to play on. Don't cancel due to threat of rain until 1 hour before game time as the weather could miss our fields (tee ball and coach pitch may cancel earlier because of the short duration of their events).
For Coach Pitch & Tee Ball, we basically cancel if things aren't going to be fun. Today is drizzly and 41 degrees. That does not sound fun. I would cancel these levels. We basically consider this week a bonus week anyway and play if there is good weather. Generally, for the younger kids, they get cold fast. If it's above 45 and not windy, we suggest giving it a shot. Below 45 and drizzly or windy, it probably won't be fun. If you want to wait until temperatures are in the 50s, that's fine, too. We have a good number of events for these levels, so just use your judgement and discuss with your parents through the app.
For AA (player pitch) , AAA (minors), and Majors, we will play games when drizzly or cooler. Generally, we say give it a shot if it's 40 and above. For AA, use your discretion. They're still pretty little. Same for any level if it's windy and the day looks like it won't be any fun. If there is a drizzle, but no lightning or thunder, we're good with playing. Coaches should bring towels to dry off baseballs. Generally, games that are rainy are worth playing. Practices that are rainy can be hard to make constructive.
Field conditions - if the field is soaked from a lot of rain and there is standing water, it's probably best to cancel. If it has not rained hard in a good amount of time, our fields generally drain well. For example, if it stopped raining hard by 10 in the morning, a 5pm practice will usually be viable. If a coach or parent can get to the field in the early afternoon and shovel out puddles, there is a better chance of things drying. If you are leaving deep mud-prints in the field when walking on it, the field is not safe to play on and you could damage the field. Raymond's Mill Street field drains poorly - be sure to check conditions after a heavy rain. It often takes 12-24 hours to dry out.