Weather conditions can cause potentially dangerous situations for our players and participants. The Inclement Weather Policy is in place to keep all involved as safe as possible. ASA coaches, players, and members will work together in following the guidelines below to create a safe environment for our participants at all times. Listed below are inclement weather situations and courses of action.
Severe storms are dangerous and can be upon us before we know it. High winds, heavy rainfall, hail, lightning, and thunder can cause serious threat quickly in any situation. If a severe storm is approaching the area, been spotted on Radar, or is visibly in close proximity, activities will be suspended until the area is determined safe to play. ASA recommends all participants seek immediate shelter in their automobiles or a permanent structure such as bathrooms/concession buildings. Avoid any open structures, trees, tents, metal or other conducting materials, and unprotected open areas. The coach will notify the team/manager when it is safe to return to the fields, or activity has been canceled.
Lightning & Thunder
The danger from lightning can persist for 20-30 minutes or more after a thunderstorm has passed. Lightning can strike from over 10 miles away and is considered a major threat to the safety of our participants. If lightning has been detected within 10 miles or any thunder has been heard, all game(s) and practice(s) will be suspended and all participants will need to seek shelter immediately. Game(s) or practice(s) will not restart for at least 30 minutes after the last lightning strike has been detected or thunder has been heard. If lightning & thunder continue for longer periods of time, all game(s) and practice(s) will be canceled. The coach will notify the team/manager when it is safe to return to the fields, or activity has been canceled.
When the body can not continue to cool itself dangerous situations arise. Symptoms caused by the body overheating can include fatigue, nausea, headaches, cramps, dry mouth, and decrease in sweating. By monitoring and limiting outdoor exposure during extremely hot conditions and properly hydrating our participants, we can create a much safer playing environment. Below are the (3) steps required by US Soccer for determining playing conditions for players in hot weather situations. ASA follows these steps. US Soccer Heat Guidelines
Cold weather conditions can be just as dangerous. The mix of cold air and hard playing surfaces can cause difficulty breathing, muscle pulls, loss of feeling in extremities, frostbite to exposed skin, and greater risk for injury coming in contact with a harder/cold surface. By monitoring and limiting outdoor exposure during extremely cold conditions we can create a much safer playing environment. Below are the guidelines for temp (air temp or wind-chill factor), amount of exposure, and suggested clothing during cold weather activities.