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Suspensions or Terminations Of Games Due To Inclement Weather, Lightning, Thunderstorms, Rain, or Unsafe Field Conditions

 

Inclement Weather:  In the event of inclement or storm weather, SYA will post any game cancellations or field closing on this websit under the Field & Gym Status menu and on the soccer cancellation hotline (703-644-8046) as soon as the information is available.  Everyone is encouraged to periodically check the website and field cancellation hotline to determine if your game has been cancelled, postponed, or moved to different field location, or which game fields are closed. If a game site has multiple fields, message will indicate whether specific fields are open or closed or that entire game site is closed.

 

Lightning: In circumstances where lightning flashes are seen within the immediate vicinity of the soccer field, the Referee shall suspend the game and require all players, coaches, and spectators to leave the field and seek safe shelter.  NOTE: ANY ONE THAT DOES NOT LEAVE THE FIELD AND SEEK SAFE SHELTER SHALL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR HIS/HER PERSONAL DECISION!

The game shall not be restarted until 20 minutes after the last bolt of lightning has been seen in the vicinity of the soccer field, and provided the field is in a safe and playable condition.  In the event that the game cannot be restarted within the time scheduled for the play, the Referee shall terminate the game and record in the official game report the circumstances for such termination.  Should one half (1/2) of a game be completed before such a termination, it shall be considered a completed game and the official score as of that time shall stand.  (SYA will try to arrange for an approved make-up game for any regularly scheduled game for the Fall or Spring Soccer Season that was terminated by lightening if less than ½ of the game was played).

 

THUNDER:  In circumstances where thunder was heard within the immediate vicinity of the soccer field, the Referee shall suspend the game and require all players, coaches, and spectators to leave the field and seek safe shelter.  NOTE: ANY ONE THAT DOES NOT LEAVE THE FIELD AND SEEK SAFE SHELTER SHALL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR HIS/HER PERSONAL DECISION!

 The game shall not be restarted until 20 minutes after the last sound of thunder was heard. Play may be restarted if the Referee determines that the playing conditions are safe enough provided this occurs within the scheduled time allocated for this game.  If the game is suspended at halftime, or beyond, the game is considered complete and the score stands.  If the game is terminated prior to halftime, SYA Soccer Program will try to arrange for an approved make-up game for any regular-scheduled game for the Fall or Spring Season that was terminated by thunder if less than ½ of the game was played.

 

Thunderstorms and Rain:  Generally, rain alone shall not be a reason to suspend or terminate a game, unless it renders the field and playing conditions unsafe for play, (e.g. waterlogged field). Should rain occur during a game, the match will be allowed to continue to the point where playing conditions are considered by the Referee to be unsafe for the players.  In these circumstances, the Referee shall advise both coaches about the playing condition and suspend the game.  Play may be restarted if the Referee determines that the field’s playing conditions are safe enough, provided this occurs within the scheduled time allocated for the game. Should one half of a game of the game be played before the suspension, it shall be considered a completed game and the official score as of that time shall stand.  (SYA Soccer Program will try to arrange for an approved make-up game for any regular-scheduled game for the Fall or Spring Soccer Season that was terminated by thunder or rain if less than ½ of the game was played).

 

Unsafe Playing Conditions:  If the Referee determines that the game cannot be played due to field being unplayable: length of grass, inadequate lines, insufficient light, or other impediments.  The Referee shall give the teams 15 minutes to correct these identified problems.  If they cannot be corrected to restore the field to being playable, the Referee shall refuse to allow the game to be played.


Cold Weather Safety

Click below to view Fairfax County Public Schools Office of Safety and Security’s Cold Weather Safety Fact Sheet with links to useful weather information resources.

FCPS Cold Weather Safety Fact Sheet


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