In the event of inclement weather prior to the start of the game, Sporting LS board members will review conditions and determine if the game will be played as scheduled, delayed, or canceled. The cancellation line (816-545-4625) will be updated one hour prior to game start time.See your schedule for information on make-up dates and times.
General cool weather Guidelines
Dry conditions, wind chill above 32°F, temperature above 40°F — we play.
Wet conditions (ie: rain, drizzle, etc.), wind chill above 40°F, temperature above 48°F — we play.
Because conditions can change, these are merely guidelines used by the Field Marshals to aid in making a decision whether or not to play. Please dress appropriately for cold-weather play.
If inclement weather moves in during a game, the head referee and field marshals will be watching for any condition that may affect the safety of the patrons. If any unsafe condition is identified by the head referee, he / she will contact a Field Marshal via the hand held radios in the game boxes located at each field. If the unsafe condition is due to weather such as lightning, the field marshal will monitor the storm activity with the Storm Warning device at the concession stand. If the lightning strike is within 12 miles of Legacy Park, all games will be delayed until the storm has passed, or no lightning strikes detected within 12 miles for more than 15 minutes.
Unsafe conditions include, but are not limited to the following:
- Excessive damage to the field / or equipment.
- Excessive water / snow
- High winds
One horn blast: clear fields and wait in vehicles.
Two horn blasts: all clear, return to fields.
Clarification on Game Stoppage
Sporting LS has implemented the following guidelines to deal with extreme heat at all youth soccer games and practices. It is designed to provide participants with a standard for safe play in situations of extreme heat. The two values that Sporting LS will take into account when modifying or canceling games/practices are air temperature and relative humidity. The combination of these two elements reflects the heat index. We will rely on the heat index reading that is updated hourly by the National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill. Sporting LS has defined five heat index zones. These zones are based on recommended guidelines published by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) for participation in sports activities during periods of extreme heat.
Heat index of 65-80 degrees. In this range, the participant is in very little danger from heat and no special measures will be taken by Sporting LS.
Heat index of 81-98 degrees. In this range, coaches will be encouraged to take extra steps to protect their players by making sure they keep them hydrated and by encouraging frequent substitution during games and practices.
Heat index of 99-105 degrees. In this range, Sporting LS will implement the following at games: all measures taken in the Yellow Zone; water coolers will be available at each field complex for players/parents/fans.
If it is a practice day, coaches are instructed to keep players well hydrated and to take frequent breaks.
Heat index ranging of 106 to 115 degrees.
Sporting LS will implement the following for games: all measures taken in the Yellow and Orange Zones; the length of games will be modified according to the schedule below.
• U5-U6 – games will consist of four (4) 6 min quarters with 3 min rest between quarters & 5 min halftime
• U7-U8 – games will consist of four (4) 8 min quarters with 3 min rest between quarters & 5 min halftime
• U9-U15 – games will consist of four (4) 10 min quarters with 3 min rest between quarters & 5 min halftime
If it is a practice day, coaches are instructed to reduce the time of practice, take frequent breaks and keep players well hydrated.
Heat index above 115. In this range,
Sporting LS will cancel all games until the heat index returns to 115 or below. Notification will be given through the Sporting LS rainout line (816-545-4625) and at the fields.
If it is a practice day, coaches are instructed to cancel practice until the heat index returns to 115 or below.
Practice Notification is the responsibility of the coach.
During the course of the day, the heat index will rise and fall depending upon the time of day, amount of wind, cloud cover, etc. The above program modifications could also change throughout the course of the day, especially on a weekend. For example, a 1pm game on Saturday could be played under the Orange Zone guidelines and a 4pm game could be played under Red Zone guidelines. Coaches and parents will be informed of the appropriate zone of play through the Sporting LS rainout number – 816-545-4625 and at the fields.
The above are merely guidelines and it is the responsibility of parents to make the ultimate decision as to the participation of their child in Sporting LS events when heat may be a factor, taking into consideration the age and physical condition of their child. Parents also have the ultimate responsibility to inform their child about the dangers of heat and need for protection, including sunscreen and proper hydration.