WEATHER CONSIDERATIONS

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Our club’s first priority is the safety of our players, families, friends and fans in general.

GENERAL PHILOSOPHY

Please remember that regardless of the weather conditions you are seeing or experiencing before a practice or a game, families are asked to show up at the field, which is where the decision is made about cancelling or not, or about delaying the start of the event.

When very specific circumstances are occurring before an event is scheduled to start (unhealthy air quality or other dangerous known-in-advanced situations),  the club will send a communication before the event starts indicating it has been cancelled.

Academy (U4-U9) head coaches or team managers will not be able to cancel practice on their own because of weather related causes. They must have permission from the club. Competitive coaches can use their discretion to cancel practice (and communicate to their teams) because of weather related causes.

In our experience in this area, the presence of bad weather one hour or even half an hour before practice, it is not in general an indication of what we will happen when a practice starts.

The Decision is Made at the Fields

We would like to emphasize that only under specific weather conditions (see “specific situations” below) and once at the field, a head coach can cancel or delay a practice.

In short, unless you hear about a cancellation from our Club before a practice or a game (or from a coach or team manager who has instructions form the Club), please show up and the coach will make a decision at the field.

Note: Parents know their kids best so once at the field they can make their own decisions to pull out kids from practice/games but please let your coach know.

This cancellation philosophy is also true for league games where referees (competitive games) or coaches (youth academy games) make a decision at the field.

Please consider the following: Some teams are traveling and it would not be fun for them to show up and find a decimated opponent or a “no show” just because some light rain, for example.

SPECIFIC SITUATIONS

For rain/snow/wind, coaches should used their judgement to decide, once at the field, when to cancel or shorten the game or practice .

If rain has been consistent for the last 24 hours+ and fields are in conditions not suitable for the practice of soccer, the club will communicate it ahead of the event. Your coach or team manager should also send a message or call to reemphasize the club’s decision.

The lightning policy is that if we see lightning at the field once practice has started, we temporary suspend the practice/game for 30 minutes. (Everybody should find shelter or be inside a vehicle). The practice/game will restart 30 minutes later, if not lightning was seen. This procedure is repeated until the wait is longer than 1 hour. At that time game/practice is cancelled. It is up to the coaches to find a date to reschedule.

For shorter practices like those in the academy ages (U4-U9), coaches also must use their judgment to abandon practice/game if lightning is seen a second time within the first 30 minutes waiting period

Teams Playing in the academy league: In the event of lightning prior to or during the game, the game will be stopped immediately and will be delayed for 30 minutes. Should more lightning occur within that 30 minute delay then the game will be abandoned. Please see Academy League rules here.

For air quality issues, the club or your coach/team manager will send a note in advance indicating any cancellation. However, practices and games will be cancelled when the air quality is beyond the orange level.

When AQI is in orange levels:

(1) Attending practices and games will be optional for players when orange AQI values (100-150 Micrograms/m3 of Particular Matter) are present.
(2) When training or playing a game under AQI = orange, coaches will recheck AQI every 15 minutes in case it moves to red. In red, coaches will automatically stop play and reevaluate 15 minutes later to see if the activity can restart. If not, coaches can decide to wait an additional 15 minutes or cancel that practice or game.
(3) If parents do not get a message from the club or their coach about Air Quality at least 2 hours before a given soccer event, parents need to check the AQ values themselves and make a decision based on this policy. For Boise and Meridian, the preferred methods to check Air Quality index are: airnow.gov and the Weather underground App
For Middleton, the preferred method is the weather underground app.
(4) Parents need to inform their coaches of their decision about orange AQI so coaches can plan accordingly.

Here are some important links in relation with air quality:

DRESSING FOR WEATHER

Please have all players wearing appropriate clothing for each type of weather. A player who is cold, decreases his/her enjoyment in the activity.