Weather Recommendations and Information
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Below, you will find information regarding our recommendations regarding the weather:
- 30-minute Lighning Rule
- Cold Weather Recommendations
- Hot Weather Recommendations
30-MINUTE LIGHTENING RULE
Criteria for Safe Return to Practice or Game Area after seeing Lightning or hearing Thunder... the ’30-minute' Clock
- Personnel should not return to the practice or game area until thirty (30) minutes have passed since the last lightning flash.
- Each time lightning is observed and or thunder is hear, the ’30-minute clock’ is to be reset.
- Blue skies in the local area and or a lack of rainfall are not adequate reasons to breach the 30-minute return-to-play rule. Lightning can strike up to ten (10) miles away from the rain shaft of a storm.
- Your field staff and or supervisor will make the calls on the weather for all games.
- All Coaches will need to follow the first three points above for practices.
COLD WEATHER RECOMMENDATIONS
According to the National Weather Service... Wind chill is only defined for temperatures at or below 50°F degrees and wind speeds above 3 mph. Bright sunshine may increase the wind chill temperature by 10°F to 18°F.
Note the following excerpt from the U.S. Soccer 'Cold Weather Guidelines'.
|30° or Above||
Additional clothing ALLOWED layered beneath uniform [long sleeves, gloves, mittens, hats without straps, jackets (must be zipped)].
-NOT ALLOWED: Hooded sweatshirts or Scarves
|35° or Below||Each half shortened by five minutes.|
|20° or colder||
Based on projected air temperature (or wind-chill Index) 2 hours prior to game time.
HOT WEATHER RECOMMENDATIONS
HEAT INDEX UNDER 95°
Provide ample water. Water is always available and athletes have unrestricted access. Optional water breaks every 30 minutes for 10 minute time frames. Ice-down towels are available. Athletes should be monitored carefully. Re-check heat index every 30 minutes.
HEAT INDEX FROM 95° TO 104°
Provide ample water. Water is always available and athletes have unrestricted access. Mandatory water breaks every 30 minutes for 10 minute time frames. Ice-down towels are available. Reduce time outside or move indoors to air conditioning if possible. Postpone practice to later in the day if possible. Re-check heat index every 30 minutes.
HEAT INDEX FROM 105° AND ABOVE
Stop all outside activity including practice or play. Stop all indoor activity if air conditioning is not available and the heat index indoors is 105° or greater. Re-check heat index every 30 minutes.
Remember that SOCCER IS A GAME! Health and safety of players should be our number one concern.
Parents have the primary responsibility for keeping their children safe. Please be aware of weather conditions during practices and games, and be prepared to pick your child up early or keep them home, if warranted.
*Coaches and Officials should use best judgment when making the call. Officials have final say at the field.*
The Germantown Legends are a premier youth soccer club located in Germantown, Tennessee.
Established in 2011, the Legends Soccer Club focuses intensely on creating brave creative leaders for life. Our no guilt, no shame, no blame philosophy gives kids the confidence to get out of their comfort zone and create the big play in any situation!
The Germantown Legends Soccer program is the official 'Soccer Provider' to the City of Germantown.
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