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MYSA Weather Policy

Weather Policy

All clubs, team officials, and referees are responsible for understanding and executing our weather policy.

In the days leading up to the games, team leaders should be aware of potential weather issues that may affect not only the game, but also the logistics of teams traveling to their games. We strongly encourage teams to communicate about potential cancellations or reschedules as soon as possible.

At game time, we strongly encourage dialogue between team officials and referees regarding weather issues. Ultimately, the referee is responsible for making decisions regarding weather suspensions, delays, cancellations or etc. 

Storms and Lightning

If a severe storm approaches the playing area the game may be suspended while shelter is sought. In the event the game is suspended, ALL participants MUST clear the field immediately and move into their cars or other permanent shelter.

If there is visible lightning or audible thunder, the game must be suspended and all participants are expected to seek shelter. Games cannot be resumed until 30 minutes passes without the presence of lightning or thunder. 

In the event of National Weather Service warning (i.e. tornado warning) games must be suspended immediately and everyone must seek shelter.

Heat

The following precautions must followed when there is a possibility of dangerous high heat index:

Heat Index Guidelines
Up to 89° No adjustments necessary 
90° - 99° Two-minute water breaks per half with running time. Each half shortened by five minutes.
100° - 104° Two-minute water breaks per half with running time. Each half shortened by ten minutes.
105°+ Suspend Play

Cold

The following precautions must followed when there is a possibility of dangerous cold conditions:

Cold Index Guidelines
46° and higher  No adjustments necessary
45° and lower  Additional clothing is allowed as long as it's deemed safe by the referee
40° and lower  Shorten games five minutes per half.
35° and lower  Suspend games