Weather Cancellation Policies

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Games may be cancelled and rescheduled for a later date if weather is too severe, fields are unplayable, or facilities are closed. Below are cancellation policies based on the type of league.


General Rules for All Leagues


Do not contact us by e-mail or phone to inquire about cancellations. They will be posted on the website and e-mailed to all roster players if leagues are actually cancelled. E-mails and voicemails inquiring about cancellations will not receive a response.


We play if at all possible. If we cancel, all roster players will be e-mailed and a banner will placed at the top of the MSSC website announcing the cancellation. If you do not hear anything by your game time, games will be played pending any change in the weather. We will contact all registered players when we know if games are cancelled.


Indoor Leagues

Indoor leagues are only cancelled if the facility at which games are held closes. If Madison schools are closed for any reason in the winter, we generally cannot play at night. The school district sometimes makes exceptions to this policy. If leagues are held at a private facility they will let us know if they are closing.


Outdoor Leagues

The city is very protective of its fields and has very conservative cancellation policies. We must follow their rules. Generally it is not MSSC's decision to cancel games. If the city cancels games, we usually know by 3:00 pm for weekday games and 9:00 am for weekend games, and players will know shortly thereafter. If it is our decision, the cancellation will come later, as we want you to play and will wait until later to make the decision to cancel. Just because "it's not raining right now," it doesn't mean the fields have dried since it did rain. Water does not evaporate quickly from most fields, especially the kickball fields at Demetral. Sometimes cancelations will come after some games have already started, but there is nothing we can do about changes in the weather.


If you are feeling impatient or questioning a cancellation for an outdoor league, you may always call the Madison Parks rainout line yourself at 267-8787. Be aware that the city's message will not change after the times listed above under "Outdoor Leagues," but the weather may change. Parks we frequently use fall under the following jurisdictions:

Central: Bowman, Brittingham, Goodman, Quann, Olin

East: Demetral, Olbrich, and Warner

West: Elver, Garner