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Posted on: June 29, 2018

Youth Baseball and Softball Heat Index Rules

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National Weather Service Heat Advisory

In the event that a Heat Advisory has been issued by the National Weather Service in Riley County or the city of Manhattan that remains issued through the start time of the first game of the evening, all game times will be shortened by 15 minutes from the regular time limit. For example, a game that regularly has a 90 minute time limit will be reduced to a 75 minute time limit. This rule stays in effect for the entire evening.

During the reduced game in baseball/softball, catchers are only permitted to catch two innings in succession. Extended water breaks will be allowed and if a player needs water in the middle of an inning, the player is to call time and notify the umpire. Umpires are instructed to grant a quick drink break. If it is a practice, coaches are instructed to keep players hydrated and to take frequent breaks.

Heat Index at or above 112 degrees

Any instance in which the heat index reaches 112 degrees or more at one half hour prior to the first game, all games will be cancelled for the remainder of the evening. If a practice is scheduled, coaches are instructed to cancel practice as well.


For questions regarding the Heat Index Policy, please contact the Manhattan Parks and Recreation Department offices at 785-587-2754.

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