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Weather Policy

Games will be played unless a cancellation is  posted on our and facebook page, and announced on WJON AM 1240.

Referees and Coaches should adhere to the following guidelines:

  • If lightning is within 5 miles, the game(s) should be suspended and shelter sought. A lightning detector can identify the distance accurately but may not be available. A rough guideline is to measure the time between the lightning flash and hearing the corresponding thunder. If it is 30 seconds or less, seek shelter. It may not be possible to determine which lightning strike generated which roll of thunder. A simple rule: If you can hear it, clear it!
  • Shelter should be in larger, enclosed structures. Smaller, open structures, tents, trees, isolated areas, etc, should be avoided. Cars, with windows rolled up, or buses can provide good shelter. Avoid contact with metal or other conducting materials to the outside surfaces. Do not stay in open, unprotected areas.
  • Games should not be restarted for at least 30 minutes after the last roll of thunder is heard.
  • Tournaments should inform participating teams of notification and evacuation plans and shelters near the playing sites.

Hot Weather Guidelines

The following are recommended minimum guidelines when there is a possibility of dangerous high heat index:

Heat Index Recommended Guidelines
Up to 89° Normal Play
90° - 99° Mandatory 2-minute water breaks per half with running time. Each half shortened by 5 minutes.
100° - 105° Mandatory 2-minute water breaks per half with running time. Each half shortened by 10 minutes.
105°+ Suspend play.

Cold Weather Guidelines

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