San Ramon
Umpires Association

Rain-Out Procedures

Here is how the process works with rainouts and suspending games
due to rain.

We normally run into 3 conditions:

First condition:  It begins raining about an hour or two before the game
and the fields are open for the day.

In this situation the field might be unplayable before the game starts.
The Managers will have to determine if the playing conditions allow the
game to start. Remember that the Managers are responsible for
suspending the game based on field conditions before the game starts.
Once the plate meeting has completed, the umpires have the authority
to suspend the game.  For our youth umpires there should be an adult
UIC at your games, and they have the responsibility for all safety
issues. It will be up to the adult UIC to suspend the game.

Second Condition:  The fields are open, and you go to your game, and
as you are into the game it starts to rain.

If it is light showers we have seen games completed.  If it gets to the
point where the ball cannot stay dry, and there is standing water
around the bases, the game should be stopped.  For our youth umpires
there should be an adult UIC at your games, and they have the
responsibility for all safety issues. It will be up to the adult UIC to
suspend the game.

Third Condition:  You have received an email saying the fields are
closed:

You do not go to your game if the field you are scheduled to be at is
closed.

If the fields are open, and your game ends up cancelled due to rain,
you will need to reply back to us with the Arbiter game number, and
when the game was suspended.

Send your game information to srua@srua.com