POLICY REGARDING PLAY IN INCLEMENT WEATHER
AND RESCHEDULING OF GAMES
- Phone the Town of Canmore's Field Rain Line. If the fields are open, games will be played.
- In the event of sudden severe weather conditions where the rain line says fields are still open but coaches/parents do not feel it is wise to play, the game can be called off only by the agreement of the two coaches in question. Once a decision is made, only then should the coaches inform their teams. If the weather turns nasty right at starting time, then coaches should show up at the fields and at that point make the decision to cancel or carry on, and to notify anyone that shows up of the decision.
- In the absence of any agreement or contact between the two opposition coaches, the team that turns up for the game (and has the minimum number of players required to play) will be awarded the game by a result of 3-0.
- If both teams show up but one team is short, the team that is short must play the game (and live by the final result) only if they have a minimum of five players for U10 and a minimum of 9 players for U12/14/16/18. If the team that is short has fewer than the minimum number of players, they forfeit the game by a result of 3-0. The two teams should then divide their players evenly, and a scrimmage is played.
- If neither team has the minimum number of players, the game should be rescheduled. If the schedule doesn’t permit this, then it will be considered a 0-0 tie. The teams can still have a fun scrimmage (or practice) if they wish.
- If, after a game has already started, the coaches can’t agree on whether the game can be safely concluded, the game will be counted as having been played if a full half has been completed; the score at that point will be considered as final. If less than half the game has been played and the coaches cannot agree or one coach thinks it unsafe to proceed, the game should be rescheduled. If the schedule doesn’t permit this, then it will be considered a 0-0 tie.
- In the case of dangerous weather conditions (lightning, thunder, hail, high-velocity winds) occurring either before the start of or during a game or practice, the field should be cleared immediately of all participants for at least 10 minutes, with children being put into cars or a building. If during that time period there is another occurrence of lightning or thunder, it is up to the coaches involved to determine whether they should wait for another 10 minutes or cancel. If there is no safe place to put children, the game should be immediately cancelled, and should be rescheduled. If the schedule doesn’t permit this, then it will be considered a 0-0 tie.