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SNALL Game Policies


SNALL Game Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Authority - Unless the City Parks Department closes the fields, the president will ultimately make the decision to cancel games based on weather updates and/or playing field conditions. He will also rely on others who are able to check on field conditions and assess whether to cancel or not.  Please keep in mind that if the City Parks Department closes the fields we will NOT be playing those days even if the weather is bright and sunny after they close them.  For the A division and Tball division, if neither the SNLL President or the City of Stamford have declared games cancelled but the mangaers collectively feel that the fields are unplayable/unsafe or for any other valid reason, they may cancel the games for that division.  If this occurs, please email the Scheduling Officer and the Information Officer so the proper website updates and game rescheduling can occur.

Notification - If there are cancellations, email/text notices will be sent through the website to all players and a note may be put on the home page.  If you do not receive a notice through the website and there is no note on the home page, then the game is still on.  We will make the notifications, if applicable, all as soon as the information can be collected and the decision made.

Field Preparation - Anytime a field is in need of repair it is the responsibility of the teams playing on that field to ready it (not the Board). This means coaches and parents of both teams are needed. If the coaches cannot get there early to fix the field, the game will be canceled and made up in the next available slot. When there is standing water in the field please do not broom it off. Use the sponge roller or the wet vac to remove the puddles. At all times please refrain from using Speedy Dry whenever possible as we prefer to let the sun dry it out. If coaches cannot get to a particular field after having been given an update that the field needs work, they should notify the president so we can move forward with a cancellation.

In any event, when games are not cancelled, teams need to make every effort to play the games as scheduled which means we will:

  • play in the rain unless the field is not playable or there is lightning (only board / presidents can call a game prior...umpires once the game has started)
  • the home team is expected to arrive early enough to make the field ready to play; removing excess water, raking, putting down chalk lines, etc - especially when playing the first game after a rainy period.
  • ask coaches to call up players or parents to cover shortages or absences

If batting practice is taken prior to a game, when the field is in need of repair please find a parent or two to throw batting practice (BP) until the coaches of both teams have finished getting the field ready. Our first priority should be the preparation of the playing field, not taking BP.

Practices - please note that the league does not make the decisions regarding the cancellation of practices.  Each manager/coaching staff makes those decisions, hopefully factoring in field conditions.  Please note that, in some situations, the City could close the fields whereby all practices on those fields would be cancelled.  In the case that the City closed the fields, notifications will be sent and a note may be put on the home page.

SNALL Game & Practice Rain Out / Make up / Reschedule Policy

Approach - When a game has to be rescheduled, SNLL will reschedule it as soon as administratively possible.  Rescheduled games factor sufficient notice to ensure umpires and teams can prepare, however SNLL will reschedule with the next available slot in the schedule holding to division regular guidelines as much as possible to minimize impacts and changes, but in the end, will err on quicker reschedule time to ensure sufficent availablity if more games become unplayable. Rescheduling games will avoid 4-games-in-5-days (or more frequent) for the Majors division, and 3-games-in-4-days (or more frequent) for the AAA division, unless needed to complete game schedule.  No guidance has been established for other divisions.

Practice Bumping - Please note, SNLL maximizes full field capacity with games and scheduled practices, however, based on division guidelines and timing, SNLL may cancel practices or move existing games to allow all rescheduled games to proceed in a timely fashion.

Practice Rescheduling - Rained out games will be rescheduled first.  If a team's practice is either a) rained out or b) bumped due to a rescheduled game, the manager can look for an open practice slot and make the request of the Scheduling Officer.  Several factors, including field availability will determine if such request is granted.  Team practices in addition to the single weekly practice will not be scheduled by the Scheduling Officer.  Additional practices may not occur on fields prior to games. 
Timing - If the board decides to reschedule a game, the information will be posted to SNLL site in a timely manner (automatic update for schedule changes are available – see earlier post).  Multiple rain outs (e.g. a full weekend cancelled) require more time to find available slots pushing games out into the season.  SNLL will hold to the policy to the extent possible and your patience and understanding are greatly appreciated.



SNALL Batting Cage Policy

Batting cages at Scalzi Main Field, Vine Road Field, and Frank Noto Field (West Beach 1, or WB1) are only to be used under the direct supervision of an official SNLL adult volunteer. Under no circumstances is anyone under 18 years of age permitted in any batting cage or inside the gate to any batting cage without adult (age 18 and over) supervision.

Priority Order

  1. Before a game:  Each team playing in an upcoming game that day/night has the rights to the cages for a 60 minute period.  This period starts 90 minutes before game time and ends 30 minutes prior to game time.  At Scalzi, each team has the right to 2 cages; at Vine and Frank Noto, each team has the right to 1 cage.  If other cages are available and not in use, those cages can be used by the teams playing in the upcoming game.
  2. During scheduled practice: For each team with a practice that is scheduled on the SNLL league website, such team has rights to the cages during the scheduled practice time.  If other cages are available and not in use, those cages can be used by other teams.
  3. All other uses of the batting cages are on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Please be courteous, reasonable and cooperative in your use of these facilities.

If there are any questions or issues, please contact the Scheduling Officers at