We love Spring and Fall kickball and softball here at USL... it was popular demand that got them started in the first place. And though we have been extremely fortunate in the past, it is not yet clear if Mother Nature is as fond of non-summer softball/kickball in Portland as we are. With this in mind, we have established the following rain-out policy that applies to ALL USL softball and kickball leagues(flag football players just get wet):
How do I know if my game is rained out?
All games will be played as scheduled unless the field is closed by the city, or conditions are deemed unsafe for play by the site supervisor. In other words: A game is NOT a rain out just because it is raining. We live in Portland... you might find yourself playing left in a poncho.
Rain-out info will be posted on the main page of the USL website as soon as humanly possible. If you suspect a rainout, check the USL website first. If it is closer to game time, you can call the USL office at 503-282-1155
If there is still any doubt, GO TO THE FIELD. A rainout may have to be called at the last minute by the site supervisor or by the city. These situations obviously cannot be posted on the website or rainout line. If it is close to game time and you haven't heard anything, the game is probably going to be played - don't miss out on some soggy softball fun.
What happens if there is a rain out?
Every attempt will be made to reschedule all rain-outs on the same day of the week as regular play. However, as field space is at a premium in Portland, make-up games may be scheduled on another day of the week. Teams will be informed of their make up game schedule as soon as it is known.
What happens if the game can't be re-scheduled or there are multiple rain outs in one season?
If USL is unable to provide a make up game due to field and time constraints, teams will receive a pro-rated refund of their team fee for each game that is missed and cannot be rescheduled beyond their first missed game. For example if there is a hundred year flood and Team Statdog gets rained out of three games of their seven game season, and those games cannot be rescheduled, Team Statdog would have two sevenths (28.6%) of their team fee refunded. Two games will be refunded the team - the other one goes to bribe Mother Nature for next season.
If a team declines a make up game (scheduled on any day of the week), the team is not eligible for a refund of that missed game. If Team Statdog was re-scheduled for one of its three missed games, but was unable to play at that time, it's refund would be only one-seventh of the team fee. Of course, every attempt will be made to accommodate scheduling requests for make ups.
Why does the refund kick in at the second missed game... is the Statdog trying to take advantage of eager softballers and kickballers?
Good question... not at all. As you can imagine, running softball and kickball leagues requires a lot of administrative time and energy, even before any games are played. This admin time goes up significantly when a rain out occurs, as new fields have to reserved and games juggled, etc. If you think you're bummed when it rains, the Statdog is even more bummed. As mentioned, every effort will be made to reschedule games, but playing softball in Portland before July and after August is a risky proposition... this policy is just how we ask eager softballers and kickballers to recognize and share a small part of that risk.
Can I still go to the sponsor bar if there is a rain-out?
We'll see you there.