In the event of inclement weather, GGFC at its sole discretion, may cancel a session up to 3 hours prior to start of practices. For example, training session at 5pm we will do our best to notify you by 2pm that same day.
Please note, we do our absolute best to ensure the environment is playable and safe - sometimes we get it right and sometimes we get it wrong! If our weather apps and online information don't know or can't get it right, we can only do and know so much! That being said, if weather appears to have a dicey forecast, please try to check your email or look on our home page for any new alerts or cancellations.
In case of Rain
Our teams will still play if weather is just raining unless the environment is deemed unsafe. We may also have to cancel practice if our fields are unplayable with stagnant water. If practice is still on and weather worsens, we leave the discretion up to our coaches to make the call and keep the players safe until the parents or guardians can come pick their kids up.
In Case of Thunder or Lightning
If training is happening and rain turns into thunder and lightning - at the first sound of thunder or sign of lightning, coaches must pull all players off the pitch and seek shelter in a nearby building. Practices should not restart until at least 30 minutes have passed since the last thunder or lightning. Additional sound of thunder or sign of lightning, resets the 30 minute count.
Coaches and Team Managers are encouraged to download a lightning tracker app of their choice, Lightning Tracker such as this app has been a useful recommendation that is free and easy to use.
The rule of thumb used for safety is if lightning is 6 miles or less away, regardless of the sound of thunder, they need to seek shelter and stay until the storm has passed.
Game cancellations come from the WYSL league so unforunately we do not have the luxury all the time to let you know prior to the start of the game. Notice to league president. In addition, if there is general inclement weather, the home club MUST call the WYSL president (or his/her designee) on Sunday morning between 8:00 – 9:00am to notify him or her of any field pulls up to that time. The president will inform the referee assignor (firstname.lastname@example.org) to cancel the referee coverage for that field. The president will also tabulate the number of pulls; and, if it exceeds 50% of scheduled games of the day, the entire slate of games will be canceled and not rescheduled and a notice will be posted on the league website. In addition to informing the president, the club president may also email the ref assignor. No games will be cancelled by the League after 10:00 a.m.
Appearance at field. In bad weather, teams should not assume that a game will be cancelled. The team must appear at the field of play regardless of weather conditions, unless the team’s coach has been notified that the field is pulled and the game cancelled.
If there is a chance of rain/cancellation due to wet pitch, before you leave for your assignment, check the WYSL websites under FIELDS / FALL 2019 FIELD CLOSINGS, for a spreadsheet listing all fields pulled for the day. If you don’t see your field listed, then report to your assignments. You might hear from the coach or a local league administrator. In this case, be sure that you inquire whether just the particular game is called off or the entire slate of games for that field. If in doubt, check the field closings spreadsheet. Call the Assignor only in extreme emergency. During rain dates they get hundreds of calls. Assignors phone, Victor Lopes Borges, (914) 235-5110 x2004.
If after the following the above procedure, you arrive at your game and it does not play, you will be paid for our first game. Make sure to submit your game report on-line and indicate the game was cancelled or field pulled. The cancellation of WYSL travel games DOES NOT affect other league matches (i.e. Cup or Premier). Referees assigned to these matches should contact home team coaches and your assignor for all other games.
At the first sound of thunder or sign of lightning, referees must pull all players off the pitch and seek shelter in a nearby building or vehicles. Games and practices should not restart until at least 30 minutes have passed since the last thunder or lightning. Additional sound of thunder or sign of lightning, resets the 30 minute count.
For further Information on US Soccer, HEAT – Weather / Environmental Guidelines click HERE
Cold Weather Guidelines
For further information on US Soccer, COLD – Weather / Environmental Guidelines click HERE
For my information regarding the Westchester Soccer Referee Organization, the WSRO FAQ, Weather Guidelines, and much more page can be found here.