Inclement Weather Policy (Kitchener Soccer Club)

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Weather Cancellations

Scheduled sessions are not rescheduled due to inclement weather.

City of Kitchener Sports Field Closure Website
Call the City of Kitchener corporate contact centre at 519-741-2345  to inquire about field closures.

Outdoor Weather Cancellations

Rain, thunder and lightning in your area of town doesn't mean the weather is inclement where you’re scheduled to play soccer.  You should always show up for your games/practices, as they are not rescheduled due to rain. Only the referee has the authority to cancel a game due to weather. If there is no referee, the coaches will decide if the game shall be played. Any game played into the 2nd half will be counted as played and scores will stand.  Any game cancelled due to weather will be recorded as a 1-1 tie.

The office will only cancel games if the City of Kitchener closes the fields. This would be done by 4:30 pm at the latest.  You can call the city’s direct number for field closures at 519-741-2345, or visit their website HERE.  Closures will also be posted on your team schedule and our website by 5:00 pm.  

The U3-U7 divisions do not have referees, therefore, it is up to the coaches to cancel sessions unless the City of Kitchener has closed the fields.  We will do our best to post all field closures on our website, but if in doubt, call the field closure line at 519-741-2345 or check the City of Kitchener Field Closure website HERE to see if fields have been closed.  Once a game begins, both coaches must agree to cancel the game.

Lightning Safety / Severe Weather Policy

The safety of players, coaches, management and spectators is the primary concern in any weather event that occurs during all matches sanctioned by the CSA. By understanding and following the information below, the safety of everyone shall be greatly increased. Ultimately the referee has the final say over delaying or restarting a match due to weather. Waiting to stop play or not waiting to start play may result in a serious injury or loss of life. Referees are expected to act responsibly when dealing with such events during matches they are controlling When lightning is detected, you can determine the distance of lightning in your area by counting the number of seconds between the flash and the first sound of the thunder and dividing by five(5). This will give you the distance in miles from your location. Remember, if you are in a higher elevation, the lightning can come upon you much quicker and your reaction time is greatly hindered.

30/30 RULE
When you see lightning, count the time until you hear thunder. If this time is thirty (30) seconds or less, seek proper shelter. Wait thirty (30) minutes or more after hearing the last thunder before leaving the shelter. If you can not see the lightning, just hearing the thunder is a good back up rule.  

Indoor Weather Cancellations

The only time Indoor programming will be cancelled due to weather, is if the City of Kitchener closes all community centres.  Any closures will be posted on your team schedule and the website. 

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Printed from on Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 7:09 AM