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Cancellation & Field Use


Northampton's Department of Public Works is directly responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of the city's fields

The league pays a per player fee up to 25.00 per player to the City of Northampton for rights to use fields in the City
NBSL  does not own any field in town.

Efforts to work closely with the DPW to help make field improvements are made each season, in the end our league is not responsible for the fields.


The City of Northampton is directly in charge to make the decision on whether fields are safe and playable for any and all activities, including scheduled games as well as practices.

When weather impacts the day, the DPW reviews the field conditions and advises the Northampton Parks & Recreation Department who then updates their website

·      Northampton Recreation website – CLICK HERE

·      NBSL will also update it's website and communicate to coaches what is taking place, coaches in turn will advise their teams on events


General rule of thumb for decisions:

Weekday decisions on cancellations are made by 4:30pm Monday thru Friday

Weekend decisions on cancellations are made by 8:30am Saturday & Sunday

After 4:30pm Monday thru Friday the decisions about cancellation due to weather are left to the league to determine.

On days where weather is likely to impact schedule, the league will make every effort to post to its website that day’s game status, and only after learning of determination from the DPW Dept.

Parents are advised to monitor BOTH the N’ton Parks & Rec website along with our website -


Teams playing away games in other communities should await information from their Team Manager for details about game cancellations. 


Thunder or lightning necessitates that all outdoor practices and competitions be suspended.

The occurrence of thunder and/or lightning is not subject to interpretation or discussion - thunder is thunder, lightning is lightning.

Before a practice/game begins, take a look around and have a plan for shelter prior to the start of any contest.

When thunder is heard or when lightning is seen, the following procedures must be executed:

  •      Suspend play and direct participants to the previously identified shelter, a building normally occupied by the public or if a building is unavailable, participants should go inside a vehicle with a solid metal top (e.g. bus, van, car)
  •      Do not permit people to stand under or near a tree; and have all stay away from poles, antennas, towers and underground watering systems.
  •      After thunder and/or lightning has left the area, wait 30 minutes after the last boom is heard or strike is seen before resuming play or competition. If during the 30-minute wait period additional thunder and/or lightening is present, the wait period of 30 minutes starts over. 

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