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Weather and Notifications

Our soccer fields, practice and match, are controlled by the City of Farmington Hills.  They have the authority to close a field due to conditions that they deem to be unsafe for either players or the field itself.  You can receive emergency text notifications from the City to your phone/smart device by clicking the here (you may need to do this for each season).

STORM WEATHER
In the event of lighting or thunder we will immediately vacate the field and head for shelter and we will remain off the field for thirty minutes from the last occurrence of thunder or lightning.  So, if lightning was spotted at 6:15 we will not return to the field until 6:45.  However, if there was thunder at 6:30, then our return to the field would be delayed until 7:00.

CANCELLATIONS
Practices
Presume that we are having practices.  It is expected that our fields are open and that  our players will be at the field.  There are times when dogs and cats are raining down in one area of the city yet our field may be clear.  Or, the dark clouds are simply dark.  No matter, we will be having practice unless the City of Farmington Hills or the Farmington Soccer Club closes the fields.  I receive text messaging from the City of Farmington Hills as well as consult two different weather applications with radar to “see” what is approaching.  Our players will be safe, though maybe sometimes soggy. 

Matches
As with practices, presume the match will not be canceled.  Arrive at the fields at least thirty minutes prior to the match for warm-up.  We will “wait out” the weather delay.  Only the referee has the authority to cancel a match due to conditions.  The scheduling at Founders has some “flex time” built around each match to account for possible delays.  We will make every effort to play the match that will not jeopardize, or put at risk, the safety of our athletes and our families.

WSSL Policy
All games canceled due to weather, poor field conditions due to the weather or field closures due to the weather should be rescheduled as originally scheduled at the home team fields.  The original home team is responsible for all field and referee fees.

Every attempt to reschedule the game should be made, including playing two games in one day or scheduling a weeknight game.

If a reschedule cannot be agreed upon, the game stands as unplayed with no score recorded.

When determining points for the final standings, in the event that teams within a division have played an unequal number of games, a percentage calculation will be made to adjust for the different number of games played.

Heat Issues

US Soccer Federation Heat and Hydration Policy
Youth soccer research from the University of Connecticut and serious cases of heat illness in the past few years across a variety of sports has prompted the U.S. Soccer Federation to issue an updated version of its "Youth Soccer Heat Stress Guidelines." The aim is to help parents, young athletes and coaches understand one of the most common and most preventable sports injuries – heat-related illnesses, including dehydration, heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
USSF - Heat and Hydration Policy

DANGER:  Dehydration

Athletes should be wary of the following indicators of dehydration: Dry and/or sticky mouth, dry skin, headache, dizziness/lightheadedness, extreme thirst, lack of sweat, racing heart, rapid breathing, fever.
WebMD – Dehydration
Mayo Clinic – Dehydration


DANGER:  Heat Exhaustion

Common signs of heat exhaustion are confusion, dizziness, fainting, fatigue, headache, cramping, nausea, pale skin, profuse sweating, rapid heartbeat. 

If you are experiencing these symptoms then it is essential to immediately get out of the heat and rest.  If you are at the pitch then getting into an air conditioned car is best, the shade (out of the sun) is next - you want to find a cool and shady place.  Drink water, in small sips.  Begin loosening your clothing and use wet towels/cloths to cools the skin.  Get home and take a cool shower.  If the symptoms do not abate in thirty minutes then contact your physician as heat exhaustion can develop into heat stroke.
WebMD – Heat Exhaustion
Mayo Clinic – Heat Exhaustion


DANGER:  Heatstroke

This is the most serious form of heat injury and is considered a medical emergency.  The body is overheating and is usually the result of ignoring, or not efficiently reacting to, the signs of dehydration and heat exhaustion – although it can occur without these previous indicators.  The body temperature is now approaching 104 Fahrenheit (40 Celsius) and the athlete now requires immediate emergency aid.
WebMD – Heatstroke
Mayo Clinic – Heatstroke

Contact Us

Farmington Soccer Club

PO Box 902 
Farmington, Michigan 48332

Email: [email protected]

Farmington Soccer Club

PO Box 902 
Farmington, Michigan 48332

Email: [email protected]
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