Bad Weather Policy
Cold, Rainy, Windy, Snowy...Who Knows?
Who knows what New Mexico weather will bring. It might be beautiful one day and snow the next. When it comes to weather, we operate within three guidelines:
- Never Play In Lightning: You may experience lightning at practices and games during just about any part of the year, but it is most common in our fall season. Nationwide, lightning kills an average of 62 people and injures hundreds more each year. The key to keeping the players safe is to plan ahead and take lightning seriously. For more information, see the National Weather Service's Lightning Safety Page. If the coach or referee sees lightning or hears thunder at a practice or game, they will stop practice or play immediately and move the kids to shelter. Parents should be prepared to pick up their kids early on stormy days.
- Don't Play in Standing Water: The City requires us to stay off the parks if there is standing water so the teams don't churn the fields to mud. So, if you arrive at the park and there is standing water the games will most likely be cancelled.
- Miserable Weather: If it's just cold, windy, and generally unpleasant, the game is up to the referee. Referees, if you decide the fields are not playable, you have the authority to cancel a game. If it's just a matter of cold and wind, you might want to shorten the game, but let the kids play. Remember, there will be no makeup games; so if you can, let the kids play!
If a game is cancelled, the coaches have a decision to make. If you think the weather will improve, someone can stay at the field until the next team arrives and let them decide about their game, or you can take the equipment down. Once the equipment comes down, the whole day is cancelled. If you take down the equipment, take it home and call the Division Commissioner to report the situation. Please don't leave field equipment on the park after canceling a game. It seems like every time we have a cancellation, someone leaves a field set up, and our equipment gets stolen.
If you get up on Saturday, and it looks nasty, call your coach to see if your game has been cancelled. If you are a coach, call your Division Commissioner. If you are a Division Commissioner, call your Boys or Girls Coordinator. That way, we don't have 4000 people all calling one person. If you arrive at the game and the nets and cones and stuff are down, the games have been cancelled for the day.
When games are cancelled, we will post the information on this page as it becomes available, so you can always check here first.