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Springtown Soccer Inclement Weather Policy
The SSA policy is to attempt to play all games when possible. The league administration is the only ones permitted to call off games. Decisions on field closures are made as late as possible in order to give the best possible chance for the game to be played, however some decisions are easier than others and therefore it is possible that a field or park maybe closed prior to game day. On the field, officials can also cancel a game at the field of play. Coaches are not to call off games without authorization from your League Director.
In the event of game cancellations, information will be posted on Facebook and each coach notified. It will be the coaches’ job to pass this on to the players and parents.
Soccer is played in the rain. The mere presence of rain does not mean that games will be canceled. Games could possibly be cancelled if it has rained most of the night before the scheduled game and/or it is still raining in the morning or has rained for several days prior to the scheduled game and the fields are wet to the point where playing the game will destroy the playing surface.
Lightning and Thunder Policy
In the event of lighting or thunder we will immediately vacate the field and head for shelter and we will remain off the field for thirty minutes from the last occurrence of thunder or lightning. Lightning 30/30 rule: If it takes less than 30 seconds to hear thunder after seeing the flash, lightning is near enough to pose a threat; after the storm ends, wait 30 minutes before resuming outdoor activities. So, if lightning was spotted at 9:15am we will not return to the field until 9:45am. However, if there was thunder at 9:30am, then our return to the field would be delayed until 10:00am.
Winter Weather Policy
Players are more susceptible to injuries during cold weather, particularly from pulled or torn muscles. Players should be encouraged to wear appropriate clothing to aid body heat retention yet afford adequate movement without creating a safety hazard. As a general rule, training programs will be cancelled if the projected temperature (including wind chill) at the start of training is projected to be below 32 degrees Fahrenheit.
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