For fall play, cold becomes a factor. Players should be allowed to dress in appropriate clothing. Field conditions will be affected by freezing rain, sleet and snow. The ground may become frozen and be unsafe for play. Temperature means either ambient (still air) or wind chill index. Check weather radio frequently for temperature and weather conditions.

  • Players on sidelines should remain dressed (if in warm-ups) until they enter the game.
  • Players coming off should towel off (if sweaty) and get dressed quickly.
  • No one should sit or lie directly on ground. The heat is lost faster to ground than to air. Blankets and chairs are recommended.
  • Keep hydrated-avoid caffeine and pop.
  • Keep an eye on field conditions (wet, icy, etc.). Cold wet conditions can quickly change field from safe footing to slippery.
  • Keep an eye on the goalie—usually the player who gets coldest first, as not running or moving like a field player.
  • Referees and coaches should discuss weather and fields pre-game.
  • Safety and health of the players come first.
Cold Index Recommendations
46° and higher No Change
45° and lower Allowable Additional Clothing:
1. Layered beneath uniform (i.e. long sleeves, long pants, additional socks)
2. Gloves or mittens
3. Stocking caps without straps
4. Sweat pants or shirts [MYSA Rule 7.4.1.e] 
May be worn underneath the uniform, in the case of extremely cold weather, provided the entire team uses the same color sweats.
5. Jackets may be worn under the uniform so that referees can see the player's number in the event of a card being issued.
Clothing NOT Allowed:
1. Hooded sweatshirts (hoods and strings present possibility of being grabbed)
2. Ear muffs plastic or metal part crossing top of head presents potential hazard (headbands OK) .
3. Scarves (Isadora Duncan Syndrome)
40° and lower Shorten games five minutes per half.
35° and lower Suspend games