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The Importance of Rescheduling a Postponed or Rained Out Game. It’s Youth Baseball!

By USABL, 04/28/16, 9:30AM EDT

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Playing games.  That’s what it is all about for the kids playing youth baseball.  Sure they like to win, but it’s the at bats, inning pitched, or making plays at their favorite position that matters. In a travel baseball game a player is likely thinking, “I will have 3 at bats this today, maybe more!”  Don’t underestimate that, or take that away from the team, reschedule that game!

Before we even discuss making up a game, lets discuss the reasoning behind postponement of a game, other than rain.

Why are you postponing?

  • Is it absolutely necessary that you postpone?
  • If you are the coach and cannot attend the game due to a personal commitment, can anyone else take the lead in that particular game?
  • What can you do to avoid cancelation/postponement of game?

What happens when game is rained out?

  • Game is noted in schedule as a rain out.
  • Home team reaches out to opponent with a list of dates that they are available to play.
  • Opponent agrees to one of those dates.
  • Home team notifies USABL with the make up date.
  • If a date is never agreed upon by end of season, the game is a draw and no points are rewarded.

What happens when one team cancels game?

  • Game is noted as “Needs Rescheduling – PPD by Team Name”.
  • Home team reaches out to opponent with a list of dates that they are available to play.
  • Opponent agrees to one of those dates.
  • Home team notifies USABL with the make up date
  • If a date is never agreed upon by end of season, it goes to USABL for review and a forfeit can be awarded.  In that case, one team receives 3 points, the other 1 point.

Please note that the USABL will exhaust all efforts to have the game played before a forfeit is awarded.  A forfeit is an extreme circumstance and there are very few each season.  Please always work with opponent to get the game played.

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