Hazardous Weather Policy

We are providing this document to share our Hazardous Weather Policy with the parents, coaches and referees so as a group we can provide the highest level of safety for our children, guests and volunteers at our soccer complex. For the past few seasons we have strived to provide better communications as to the status of our fields.

Parents are provided with the opportunity to participate in our “One Call System” that sends calls out to share important information like fields status. We installed a flag pole and we keep a colored flag below our American flag to indicate the field status. We also have a field status flag indicator on our web site.

We are hopeful everyone understands these communication tools and take advantage of them. Below you will find a copy of our Hazardous Weather Policy for your review. We hope this helps everyone better understand our weather policy. No hazardous weather policy will provide 100% total safety, but these steps will assist in avoiding the vast majority of injuries. The safety of all BRSA members is of the utmost importance. To supplement this guideline also review guidelines listed in the IYSA Risk Management Guidelines, Safety-Hazardous Weather.

Field Closure Overview

The fields are evaluated daily during the season by the Field Director and other Board Members. If it becomes necessary to close or alter the fields for any reason the decision will be posted on the website and at the fields on the flag pole. To assist in communication the following flag overview will be administered.

  1. Black Flag: Fields are closed until further notice – NO EXCEPTIONS. All games will be re-scheduled based on availability, contact the coach for further details. If there is an issue with the rescheduled game time/date please refer to the Game Change Guidelines.
  2. Red Flag: Fields are open but with consideration to the BRSA Weather Policy.
  3. Yellow Flag: Fields are open but with consideration to the BRSA Weather Policy.
  4. Green Flag: Fields are open and normal for play.

Temperature and Relating Flag

Temperature Flag Action
>100 Black Suspend All Games – No Training – Fields Closed
99-90 Red
  1. Mandatory 2 minute water breaks every 8 minutes.
  2. Shorten halves by 5 minutes.
  3. Shorten training 10 minutes every hour.
89-55 Green No change
54-45 Yellow Allow additional clothing. Clothing NOT allowed:

  • Hooded Sweatshirts (unless tucked under the team shirt)
  • Scarfs
  • Ear muffs with metal closure
44-33 Red
  1. Allow additional clothing. See list of prohibited items above.
  2. Shorten halves by 5 minutes.
  3. Shorten training 10 minutes every hour.
<32 Black Suspend All Games – No Training – Fields Closed
Note: Above temperatures must take into account local heat index (humidity) and wind chill.

 

Severe Weather Plan

  1. Lightning and Thunder – Soccer pitches are a dangerous place to be during a lightning storm. All participants are in danger if you hear thunder and definitely in danger if you see lightning. The following procedures should be followed for severe weather.
    1. When lightning is within a 20 mile radius of the soccer fields immediately suspend all games and practices and move all members into a safe location. This is a BLACK flag situation until the severe weather has cleared. The BRSA Board of Directors uses the Ambient Weather Lightning Indicator according to S.C.E.M.
    2. It is the responsibility of all board members, coaches, and referees to assure all participants are moved to a safe location.
    3. There are two safe locations located at the BRSA fields.
      1. All participants must be seated in their appropriate vehicles.
      2. Board members should remain in the concession stand building until a plan for the games have been determined or until it is unsafe to remain at the facility.
    4. All participants must wait 30 minutes from the last lightning strike before being allowed to return to the pitch. The pitch will be re-opened at that time and games may continue.
    5. An air horn signal set off by the most senior board member on site will signify the closure and re-opening of the pitch.
      1. ONE LONG Blast will signal the fields are closed – SEEK SHELTER.
      2. TWO SHORT Blasts will signal the fields are re-opened for play.
    6. If it is apparent that the severe weather will not pass and the games must be canceled or suspended the following guidelines will be followed:
      1. If the match was in the first half, the match will be re-scheduled and play will begin with a whole new match.
      2. If the match was in the second half, the match will end with the result at the time of the stoppage. Games will be re-scheduled based on availability. Contact the coach for further details. If there is an issue with the rescheduled game time/date, please refer to the Game Change Guidelines.
  2. Tornadoes – If a Tornado Watch or Tornado Warning exists for Shelby or surrounding counties, all games and practices are SUSPENDED. This is a BLACK flag situation. Games will be re-scheduled based on availability. Contact the coach for further details. If there is an issue with the rescheduled game time/date, please refer to the Game Change Guidelines.
  3. Hail – When hail is seen, immediately SUSPEND all games and practices and move all members into a safe location. This is a BLACK flag situation until the severe weather has cleared. Follow guidelines for Lightning and Thunder.