The decision to open or close fields is made by SCCYSA along with each field's parks department. Assume that soccer is ON unless you hear otherwise. Soccer is a sport that is played in all conditions.
Every effort is made to update the fields status via link on the website
home page; as soon as the status changes and every effort will be made to get this information out in a reasonable time frame. The status posted will be specific for the day posted, unless otherwise noted.
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The decision to open or close fields is not necessarily based on the weather at any given moment, but rather on the condition of the fields themselves. After heavy or extended periods of rain, many grass fields often need hours or even a day or two to dry out and become playable. Conversely, there may be occasions when fields will remain open even if it has begun raining, because the fields are not saturated with water.
The primary reason for closing a field is player safety; playing soccer on a field that is muddy and saturated with water is dangerous and poses real risks of injury.
The secondary reason for closing a field is preservation of the playing surfaces; it only takes a few minutes to do serious damage to a field that is wet and slippery--and it can take weeks or months for a field to recover from such damage.
After the decision has been posted, coaches are not
allowed to cancel games . It's not at all unusual for field conditions to be fine when the decision is made to keep fields open, and then have heavy rains make fields unplayable later that same day. In such an event, SCCYSA Director will make decision on field conditions and update website.
In the event of thunder or lightning observed in the vicinity of a field, all activity on the field must cease immediately and for a period of at least 30 minutes after observed thunder or lightning. On weekends a field marshall is available at each field location and will be in charge of determination to cease play. During the week referees will make this call and for games without referees, coaches will make this call(again only during the week). Coaches and other adults present must ensure that everyone goes to safe shelter in the event of thunder or lightning. DO NOT remain on the field or in other exposed areas.
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