Freedom Park closed July 14

Freedom Park is closed tonight, Friday, July 14th, due to heavy rain and lightning.

The updated plan is to play the LL Championship game tomorrow at 1:30pm. The if-needed game is tentatively scheduled for Monday evening.

Game times and fields are subject to further change as we confirm field, volunteer, and umpire availability. Plus, of course, more weather.

Extreme Heat Policy

District 16 takes safety very seriously. We want to play baseball, but not at the risk of anyone’s health.

With the heat index expected to be over 100 on Thursday, July 13, everyone involved with District 16 tournaments should take a few minutes to familiarize themselves with the District 16 policy regarding play in extreme heat.

District 16 will follow the heat and humidity recommendations from Little League.

  • When the heat index is in the Extreme Danger (red) category, games and warmups will be suspended.
  • When the heat index is in the Danger (orange) category, we will take a 5-minute break at the end of the 2nd and 4th innings.
  • We will resume game activities only when it is safe and appropriate to do so.
  • We will use NOAA temperature, relative humidity, and heat index readings from the nearest available location. For Freedom Park in Leesburg, that is the weather station at Leesburg Executive Airport (KJYO).

Players, coaches, managers, umpires, and volunteers are encouraged (and should be reminded) to stay hydrated. We ask that everyone be vigilant. Fans should make sure family, friends, and neighbors in the stands are hydrating. Coaches should watch the players and other coaches. If anyone feels ill or sees someone showing signs of heat illness (no sweating, hot flushed skin), please alert tournament volunteers immediately.

Extreme heat conditions also tend to bring in thunderstorms, especially in the late afternoon and evening. District 16 follows the Loudoun County and Little League guidelines regarding lightning. If lightning is seen or thunder is heard, umpires will immediately suspend play for 30 minutes. Any additional lightning or thunder will reset the clock to 30 minutes. Players are to return to their cars and remain there until play can be resumed or the game is called.

Freedom Park and Haske are closed July 6

Freedom Park and Haske are closed tonight. All Thursday games, including the suspended games, are pushed to Friday 7/7.

  • At Haske, Friday’s Championship game is pushed to Saturday at 4:30pm. The if-needed game is pushed to Sunday at 4:30pm.
  • At Freedom Park, Friday’s games are pushed to Saturday morning. Saturday’s games will be moved to Good Times Park on Sunday afternoon.

All games and times are subject to further change as we confirm field, volunteer, and umpire availability. Plus, of course, weather.

For the suspended games now being resumed on Friday, the pitching rules (4g) posted last night still apply.

From the Green Book, page 133, rule 4h:

In a game (“Game A”) suspended by darkness, weather, or other causes and resumed more than one calendar day later, the provisions of (g) above shall apply…

Since we are still playing the games in order the pitcher won’t pitch in any game in between and the rest of rule 4h will not apply.