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Weather Policy

Game Cancellation Policy

Soccer is an outdoor sport; we play in the rain, we play in the cold, and sometimes we play in the snow.  Still, the safety of players and coaches is a prime concern. Visible lightning or audible thunder – at the soccer fields or during soccer play will automatically result in a cancellation of all games being played at that time. Subsequent games to be played later that day will be cancelled separately if weather conditions continue.

Due to rapidly changing weather conditions and in keeping with the Brookings Futbol Club’s desire to minimize the total number of weather cancellations, advance notice of weather cancellations may not always be possible. It is recommended parents and children always show up to the field unless they have received notification from their coach or other Club Official. You can also check our Facebook Page, Instagram and Twitter accounts.

Criteria For Cancellation

  1. Due to field conditions or safety concerns: Either the city or Brookings FC Directors may declare the soccer fields “unplayable”.  Most often this is due to the fields being excessively wet, however, it could also be due to extreme dryness, ice buildup or snow accumulation. Playing on fields which are excessively wet or dry can damage or kill the grass and potentially require fields to be left unused for several months of recovery.  Smaller accumulations of slush or snow would not be a concern and soccer would not be cancelled, however, larger amounts of ice, slush or snow could create a concern for safe soccer play and necessitate a soccer cancellation.
    2. Due to Weather:
    As an outdoor sport soccer is played in less than ideal conditions including falling drizzle, rain, sleet and snow. However, the presence of visible lightning or audible thunder – at the soccer fields and at the time of play (with or without falling rain) creates a safety concern and necessitates a soccer cancellation. Bad weather can move through South Dakota very quickly, therefore, advance notice of weather cancellations may or may not be possible.

Cancellation Procedures

  1. Due to field conditions or safety concerns:
    If the City decides to declare fields “unplayable” this decision will be made by 3:00 on weeknights and by 7:30am on Saturday mornings. Check the Brookings FC website for field conditions status at the bottom of the HOME page.
    The Vice-President of League or Club Administrator will e-mail a Club-wide cancellation notice, post on the website, update our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.
  2. Due to Weather:
    “Advance” cancellations:
    If the Club can declare a weather cancellation in advance, this determination will be made no later than one hour before the scheduled soccer start time.  Information will be posted on the web site as well.Coaches and Parents are not allowed to declare “advance” weather cancellations.
    The procedure for notifying Club members is as follows:
    a. The Vice-President of League or Club Administrator will e-mail a Club-wide cancellation notice, post on the website, update our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.
    b. The Administration will attempt to email the coaches and players to notify them of cancellations.
  3. If a parent, coach or manager has not received a cancellation notice, players and coaches are expected to show up at the fields where they will learn if games have been cancelled.“On-Field” cancellations: If a weather cancellation is not made more than one hour before scheduled soccer start time an on-field cancellation may be needed due to changing weather conditions. If changing weather conditions raise hope that the visible lightning or audible thunder conditions will pass before scheduled start time the “on-field” cancellation declaration will be delayed until start time. On field cancellations can be declared by a VP of League, Director of Coaching and Director of Referees. If coaches, parents or players believe an on-field cancellation is necessitated, they should raise their concerns with the VP of League or Director of Coaching. If an “on-field” cancellation is declared, it will immediately apply to all teams on all fields.

    a. The Vice-President of League or Club Administrator will e-mail a Club-wide cancellation notice, post on the website, update our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.
    b. VP of League and Director of Coaching will notify teams that are on the fields at the time of cancellation. All parents and players should be encouraged to leave the fields as quickly as possible or they assume personal responsibility for any issues.  Since weather conditions change rapidly, any weather cancellations on a Saturday do not apply for games with a later start in the day and coaches/players in later start time divisions should assume they are playing until notified that their particular division has been cancelled.

Rescheduled Games

If a scheduled game is cancelled prior to starting, the Club will try to reschedule that game if there remains an open spot in scheduled. This may include a double header on a Saturday or an extension of the playing year. This is not always possible, but efforts will be made to try and make it happen.