FIELD CLOSURE UPDATE 

ALL FIELDS ARE OPEN FOR WEDNESDAY APRIL 26TH

 

This page will be updated weekdays by 4:00 PM and weekends by 8:30 AM.

Game Field Locations and Closure Info

All tiers of U9, U10, U11, U12, and Tier IV, and V of U13 and U14 games are played on Community (Club) supplied fields. Check the home team club website for field status. If there is no information posted, contact the home team. 

Games for U14 Tier I-III, U16 and U18 see the link below for all game field locations and the game field closure line information. The phone line is the official determiner if the field is opened or closed, NOT the City of Calgary website.

Game Field Closure and Rain Out numbers 

 

Outdoor 2017 – Grassroots Rain Out Procedure

Step 1: Check the Field Status on the Website
The Calgary Foothills Soccer Club website is updated daily by 4:30pm with Field Status. Updates (www.gofootills.ca). If the Field Status on the Website states
fields are open for games and practices, Coaches and Teams are expected to show
up for their scheduled games. If they are closed then proceed with cancelling your
Scheduled game as outlined below.

Step 2: Field Status at Kick‐off Time
The weather patterns in Calgary can often be volatile and unpredictable and so often
what you see out your window at 4pm can be drastically different than what the
weather conditions actually are come Kick‐off Time. Typically, if it’s not pouring rain or
there isn’t any thunder & lightning in the sky at Kick‐off Time, we play. Remember, we
do not reschedule “make‐up games” at the Grassroots level and therefore want the kids
to play as much as possible throughout the season.

Step 3: Cancelling a Game – Coach Communication
Should the weather make it necessary to cancel your game and provided you are not
already out at the fields, the first thing to do is contact the Coach for the Team that
you’re scheduled to play.  Contact the coach for the team you’re scheduled to play and once you’ve agreed to cancel, proceed to contact your players. You can do this by logging on to your coach’s access given to you by Foothills. FOOTHILLS WILL ALSO SEND A MASS EMAIL TO ALL PARENTS LETTING THEM KNOW OF A CANCELLATION.

Step 4: Cancelling a Game – Parents and Players
By logging into the website database with your coaches access you can also access the
contact info for the parents and players on your team. A general email should be sent
out to the team but it may be necessary to pick up the phone and call them directly to
ensure they are aware the game has been cancelled. It’s always a good idea at the
beginning of the season to establish how you will notify your parents and players if a game is
cancelled. Let them know that if they haven’t heard from you to cancel, assume
that it’s “Game On” and head to the field.

  

 THUNDER & LIGHTNING RULE

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 below information, 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 lighting, 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 cannot see the lighting, just hearing the thunder is good back up rule.

Additional Information Please note the following recommendations from Environment Canada: The existence of blue sky and absence of rain are not protection from lighting. Lighting can and does strike as far as ten (10) miles away from the rain shaft. It does not have to be raining for lighting to strike. Many lighting casualties occur in the beginning, as the storm approaches, because many people ignore initial precursors of high winds, some rainfall and cloud cover. Generally, the lightning threat diminishes with time after the last sound of thunder, but may persist for more than thirty (30) minutes. Lightning can strike ahead of the parent cloud – take action even if the thunderstorm is not overhead. Be aware of how close lightning is occurring. The flash-to-bang method is the easiest and most convenient way to estimate how far away lightning is occurring. Thunder always accompanies lightning, even though its audible range can be diminished due to background noise in the immediate environment and its distance from the observer. Lightning awareness should be increased with the first flash of lightning or the first clap of thunder, no matter how far away. This activity must be treated as a wake-up call to all. The most important aspect to monitor is how far away the lightning is occurring, and how fast the storm is approaching, relative to the distance of a safe shelter. Recognize that personal observation of lightning may not be sufficient. Additional weather information may be required to ensure consistency, accuracy and adequate advance warning.