Dangerous Field Conditions
- The home team is responsible for a suitable and safe field, goals and sideline area.
- If, in the discretion of the referee, a field surface or goal is deemed unsafe the game can be moved to a nearby suitable field if each team agrees. If no alternate field can be found then the game will be rescheduled.
- The Board or its designee(s) may visit a field and make a decision regarding the size, safety, and condition of the field. If a field is deemed unplayable during the season, the field must be repaired prior to another game or taken offline and all games scheduled on the field moved. The home team is responsible for any fees that occur to move the games. A field remains offline forever or until the problem has been corrected. Once the problem is corrected the home team or club may petition the League to have the field brought back online.
- If the home team does not have a playable field available due to recent weather, it must try to notify the visiting team and the Division Coordinator prior to game time to avoid unnecessary traveling.
- The referee will make any necessary decisions at the field regarding dangerous weather conditions. If thunder and/or lightning are observed, the game will be suspended immediately and the field will be cleared allowing people to seek safe shelter. The following steps apply:
- A 30 minute wait period will be started. This wait period will be reset to 30 in the event any additional thunder or lightning are observed. Both teams and referee will wait this time before resuming the game
- Once there is 30 minutes of clear weather the referee shall make every reasonable effort to resume the game with full consideration of site conditions as they affect safety and playing conditions.
- If lightning and/or thunder is observed prior to the start of the game the game will not begin until a 30 minute wait period of clear weather has been observed.
- If both teams and referee have waited 60 minutes for clear weather but are still in a wait period the game can be abandoned if both coaches agree. A game can be abandoned during a wait period if it will be too dark to resume the game when the period ends.
3. If a game is abandoned by a referee due to weather conditions after the game has started, the following prevails:
- If the game is at or beyond the halfway mark the team leading at the time of stoppage of play will be declared the winner. If the game is tied, it stands.
- If a game has not reached the halfway mark, it will be rescheduled and played in its entirety. However, all infractions will stand.
- Coaches and referees are expected to use common sense in the event of high heat and/or humidity. Player safety must be the prime consideration.
- In the event of high heat (over 90°F) and/or humidity, the referee should allow a water break approximately halfway through each half of the game. Consent of the coaches is not required. The referee will pick the appropriate time for the stoppage. The maximum duration of the break will be 3 minutes. The 3 minute break time will be added to the end of each half. Players may leave the field to get their water. Unlimited substitutions are allowed at this time.
- The coaches and referee may mutually agree to shorten the halves of the game.