All games and practices go ahead rain or shine. The only exception is in the event of imminent thunderstorms. Please see Lightning Policy.
Safe and responsible attitudes with respect to potential lightning strikes is of paramount importance at all THPFC events, whether these be games or practices. The official Canadian Soccer Association (CSA) Lightning Policy is intended to be considered in conjunction with our own specific THPFC policy. An excerpt from the 2008 CSA Referees Committee report on the subject of lightning is included below...
"In the event of a potential lightning strike during a practice, the team officials present are expected to exert their “best judgement” and to curtail, suspend or cancel a practice in line with the CSA policy below."
For Swansea and West End United House League games specifically, the following procedures should be adhered too.
- Players should attend the game otherwise a default against a team could be declared.
- A game is delayed if prior to the first kick-off, the Referee, in consultation with the Convenor/Team Officials, decides the conditions are unsafe due to the chance of a lightning strike.
- A game is suspended at any time after the first kick-off if the Referee, in consultation with the Convenor/Team Officials, decides the conditions are unsafe due to the chance of a lightning strike.
- The length of a game suspension is the sole discretion of the Referee. However, a minimum period of about 15 to 30 minutes would seem reasonable.
- A game, once suspended, may only be resumed if the Referee, in consultation with the Convenor/Team Officials, decides the conditions are now safe and free of a chance of a lightning strike.
- A game, if suspended and subsequently resumed, will end no later than 5 minutes prior to the "kick-off" time of any subsequent games that day or evening.
- A game is canceled if the Referee, in consultation with the Convenor/Team Officials, decides the conditions are unsafe due to the chance of a lightning strike and that the probability of safely resuming the game is unlikely.
- If a game is canceled prior to the end of the first half, the game is considered rained-out.
- If a game is canceled after completion of the first half, then the score in place at the time of cancellation shall be recorded as the final game result if the game is in an age group that requires a score.
For Timbits sessions, in recognition of the players ages and the lack of referees at these sessions the following policy items would be applicable.
- The Director or Division Convenor, should they feel it appropriate, may elect to cancel the session in advance and notify the players/parents via e-mail, Facebook and/or Twitter. Parents are advised in the event of imminent dangerous weather to pay close attention to these electronic communication channels prior to leaving for the field.
- Similar to the House League policy above, the session can be either delayed, suspended or canceled if in the opinion of the Division Convenor or Team Officials present, that conditions are unsafe due to the chance of a lightning strike.
- A session, once delayed or suspended, may only be resumed if the Division Convenor or, in their absence, Team Officials, decides the conditions are now safe and free of a chance of a lightning strike.
The following is reproduced from the 2008 CSA Referees Committee report.
Lightning Safety / Severe Weather Policy
The safety of players, coaches, management and spectators is the primary concern in any weather event that occurs during all matches sanctioned by the CSA.
By understanding and following the information below, the safety of everyone shall be greatly increased. Ultimately the referee has the final say over delaying or restarting a match due to weather. Waiting to stop play or not waiting to start play may result in a serious injury or loss of life. Referees are expected to act responsibly when dealing with such events during matches they are controlling.
When lightning is detected, you can determine the distance of lightning in your area by counting the number of seconds between the flash and the first sound of the thunder and dividing by five(5). This will give you the distance in miles from your location. Remember, if you are in a higher elevation, the lightning can come upon you much quicker and your reaction time is greatly hindered.
When you see lightning, count the time until you hear thunder. If this time is thirty (30) seconds or less, seek proper shelter. Wait thirty (30) minutes or more after hearing the last thunder before leaving the shelter. If you cannot see the lightning, just hearing the thunder is a good back up rule.
Please check this Environment Canada site for the current status.