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PROCEDURE - WHEN A FIELD GETS PULLED

 

There is some bad weather forecasted for this weekend, so here is a refresher course on what to do in case one of your fields gets pulled.
As a league rule, games - once scheduled - do not change in regard to date, field or time. However games can be postponed delayed or cancelled when the field is pulled by the town or governing body in advance of the game or at game time by the referee.
Each Club Presidents is to call the WYSL President Julian DiDonato: 917-370-2548 on Sunday morning between 8:00 – 9:00AM to notify him of any field pulls for that day in their community. He will in turn notify the referee assignor to cancel the referee coverage for that field. He will also tabulate the total number of pulls and if it exceeds 50% of scheduled games of the day, the entire slate of games for the date will be canceled and posted on the league website and these games will not be re-scheduled.  
Re-Scheduling Procedures: (when entire slate has not be cancelled)
If field is pulled before close of business on the Friday the club is to inform the league scheduler and league office about the field pull. The club/team may suggest to the scheduler where and when the game might be played. The scheduler will note the field pulls on the website and emails will go out to the clubs, teams, and ref assignor. The scheduler may suggest alternatives, ask the teams to confirm that they can play or suggest that they try to find a field.
 If a field is pulled any time after close of business on a Friday, right up to Sunday morning before game time, the responsibility for getting the game re-scheduled and played shifts to the teams/clubs. Neither the league office nor the league scheduler should be relied on to make re-schedule these games. The home team/ club should attempt to find an alternate field immediately and start the game within half an hour of the original time; if this can be done the game officially moves. The home team must make sure everyone is notified including, if necessary, posting someone at the original field to redirect to the new field. If the new time is more than a half hour different or if the proposed field is at the away club, either team may choose to say "no thanks" and the game becomes To Be Announced make- up game.
Field pull at  game time, it is up to the referee to determine if field conditions have created an “unplayable field” i.e. too dangerous to play due to torrential rain, blizzard snow conditions, ice, lightning, standing water, or any other emergency situations, that in his/her judgment the game should be canceled and re-scheduled. The home team is to follow normal re-scheduling procedure, offering the away team at least two alternate dates. (The full protocol is list in the official WYSL Rule book)
In general with all cases above it is best to try to find an alternate field a.s.a.p. and get these games played on the scheduled Sunday! Also contact the ref assignor about the status of your game to insure that your scheduled ref is aware of changes/cancellation. Ref coverage for a moved game is not guaranteed.
 

 Field Pull Policy:

 
As a general rule, league games - once scheduled - do not change. Teams may not agree between themselves to change a scheduled game.
 
A scheduled game can be postponed if the field is pulled by a town or governing body or by the referee at game time, if it is determined that the field cannot be played safely and the home club has an alternate field available.
 
If a field has been pulled by a town or governing body before close of business on a Friday, please follow these steps:
A club president or field coordinator is to contact Terry Benson (terrybenson@nyc.rr.com), the league scheduler, and ask to move the game from one club field to another. The game can move so long as the time of the game is the same since this will not affect referee coverage. The scheduler may suggest alternatives, ask teams to confirm that they can play, or make it a TBA game and let the teams try to find a field and time. The league scheduler or the WYSL office will note the field pull on the website and emails will go out to the clubs, teams, and ref assignor.
 
If a field has been pulled by a town or governing bodyafter close of business on Friday, please follow these steps:
Up to one hour before game time, if a field is pulled the responsibility for getting the game played shifts to the teams and clubs. Do NOT rely on the league office nor the league scheduler.
If an alternate field is available and the start time will be within half an hour of the original time, the game moves. The home team must make sure the opposing team and ref assignor are notified. If notification is not conveyed to the referee assignor, then the home team is to post someone at the original field to redirect to the new field.
If the new time is more than a half-hour difference or if the proposed field is at the away club, either team may choose to say "no thanks" and the game becomes TBA (make up game).
In all cases, keep the ref assignor (wsroassignor@gmail.com) informed about the status of the game.
 
Referee Coverage:
The High School boys teams they must have an official, assigned ref in order to play. No ref = no game. It becomes TBA. U14 boys games can play with a volunteer ref IF both teams agree.  If they don’t agree, the game becomes TBA. All other divisions can play with a volunteer or parent ref.
 
In conclusion: field pulls known during the week, work through the league scheduler, league office, home club field coordinator, and ref assignor to adjust the schedule. On late field pulls, do NOT depend on the scheduler, do not wait for "official" emails. The teams, clubs, and field coordinators are responsible for working within these policies. Try to get the games played on the scheduled Sunday!