Our club’s first priority is the safety of our players, families, friends and fans in general.
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 (poor air quality or other dangerous known-in-advanced situations), the club will send a communication before the event starts indicating it has been cancelled.
Your head coach or team manager will not be able to cancel practice on their own because of weather. They must have permission from the club.
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), the coach will make a decision at the field, in other words, please show up.
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.
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
IFF Open Youth League (Teams Playing in academy): 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 Open Youth 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 will be cancelled when the air quality is beyond the yellow level. Here are some important links in relation with air quality:
- Air quality Basics
- Current Air Quality
- IYSA Air Quality Protocol
- Questions about competitive league games cancelled due to poor 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.