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Dick's Weather Hotline & Field Conditions

RocSports provides up to date weather and field conditions for our leagues.  We make our final call at 4pm for games starting at 6pm.  After that all game decisions are made at the field by the umpire/official in charge.  Please also like us on facebook under "Rocsports" as we will post there as well for any late day cancellations.

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Inclement Weather Field Facts

What factors are used to determine whether a field is open or closed?

Fields are open when they are safe… both player safety and long-term field health. Factors such as standing water, muddy/unstable infields and water surfacing are considered unsafe playing conditions and are the main drivers in our decisions to close fields. Additionally, soil compaction plays a major role in our ability to maintain our athletic fields long-term. The more feet that go over an area, especially if that area is saturated, the quicker the dirt compacts. Hardened ground can lead to more injuries and concussion concerns.

Why do I see some fields open around Rochester but our field is closed?

Each field varies in its use, condition and age. Site conditions such as shade, drainage and grass or soil type dictate the time table for a field is ready for play.

What is the policy regarding the use of drying agent to prepare the fields after periods of inclement weather?

The best defense against standing water and damp areas is routine and proper maintenance. The treatment when it occurs is wind, sun and time. There are certain instances where a moderate amount of a drying agent can speed up the process, especially when there are only one or two damp spots remaining. We use quick dry around the bases and pitcher’s mound to help stabilize those areas after bad weather subsides. It is our policy to use no more than four bags of dry a day. It should not be used to soak up puddles; instead it should be raked into damp infields. Overusing quick dry changes soil makeup and results in uneven and hardened playing surfaces.

The snow is melted and spring sports season is here…why are the fields not ready?

A cold, long-lasting winter mean that the depth of frost in soil is deeper; it takes longer for all of that built-in moisture to escape. Each warm, sunny day works to get fields dried out; however, as long as there is still some freeze/thaw cycling going on, moisture will have a hard time escaping from the ground. RocSports field maintenance crews do everything they can when they can to get fields ready for the season.



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