Field Pulls Procedures:
A. General: Fields can be pulled by the field owner or field authority either before or during a game OR by the referee at the field if s/he determines that the field is not safe for play. If a field is pulled, the game is postponed. (See postponements below.)
But, in all cases, the teams and clubs should try to find an alternate field and play on the scheduled day if possible.
B. Early Field Pull: If a field is pulled before close of business on Friday, the home club is to inform the League Scheduler and League office. The League Scheduler will note the field pull on the website and emails will go out to the clubs, teams, and referee assignor(s).
The club/team may suggest to the League Scheduler alternative fields. The League Scheduler may suggest alternatives or that the teams should try to find a field.
C. Late Field Pull (NEW!)
(a) If a field is pulled or game forfeited after COB on Friday:
All Saturday and Sunday game pulls/forfeits/changes done by the field authority are to be emailed directly to the Ref Assignor at: firstname.lastname@example.org and to the league (email@example.com).
(b) The home team has the responsibility to notify the visiting teams of the field pull by phone or by an exchange of texts or emails. If unable to reach the visiting team or to confirm that they know the field is pulled, a club member must remain at the original field from 30 minutes prior to game time until 15 minutes after game time to inform the visiting team of the change of filed or postponement.
(Note that late notifications between teams require communication by cell phone or acknowledgment that a text message was received. Sending an email is not sufficient.)
(c) Late Field Pull rescheduling: The responsibility for getting the game rescheduled and played shifts to the teams/clubs with all late field pulls. It is best to find an alternate field on the scheduled day and play the game.
Failure to abide by these rules will result in a fine of $50 per offending team being assessed against the club.
Notice to League. In addition, if there is general inclement weather, the home club MUST post an update the Field Pull Google Doc (or his/her designee) on Sunday morning between 7:30 – 7:45AM. The President will use this information to determine the total number of pulls; and, if it exceeds 50% of scheduled games of the day as of 8:00 AM, the following rules will apply:
1) An email will be sent to all the clubs designating the game day as a “Weather Impacted Game Day”. Games scheduled on fields that have not been pulled must be played, subject to the other provisions herein relating to inclement weather, and the referees scheduled to officiate such matches are required to officiate such matches. At the end of the Weather Impacted Game Day, the League will do a survey of games played vs. games pulled on a division by division basis. In any division where all the games were played, the results of the games will be counted in the standings. In divisions where not all the games were played, none of the games played will be counted in the standings and games will not be rescheduled. Notwithstanding the foregoing, games in U9 and U10 age groups will not be rescheduled.
Appearance at field. In bad weather, teams should not assume that a game will be cancelled. The team must appear at the field of play regardless of weather conditions, unless the team’s coach has been notified that the field is pulled, and the game cancelled.