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Centennial Rush SC - Weather Guidelines

Centennial Rush SC adheres the weather guidelines set out by MYSA (MYSA Weather Policy Page).   If a game or training session is to be cancelled you will receive a notification from either your coach or team manager.  If you do not receive one, then please plan on attending (or contact the coach directly).  On game days, it is your responsibility to check the game has not been cancelled before you travel.

Here is a synopsis of the MYSA weather guidelines:

Severe Storms:

Severe storms can produce high winds, heavy rain, hail, lightning, thunder and/or tornados. If a severe storm approaches the playing area, the safety of the players is the number one priority of coaches and referees, and may require that the game be suspended while shelter is sought. In the event the game is suspended, ALL participants MUST clear the field immediately and move into their cars or other permanent shelter.

High winds can create problems by dust and debris being in the air or blowing over objects. Heavy rain can create hazardous field conditions or lead to flash flooding. Hail can cause injury. Lightning and thunder is discussed separately below. Tornados are obvious dangers of any severe storm. Use common sense and seek shelter as appropriate.

Lightning and Thunder:

Lightning is the second leading cause of storm-related deaths (flooding is first). Lightning can strike up to 10 miles outside of a thunderstorm, literally a bolt from the blue. The danger from lightning can persist for 20-30 minutes or more after a thunderstorm has passed. The National Weather Service does not issue watches or warnings for lightning by itself. However, the National Weather Service does advise that if you see a lightning bolt and hear the thunder in 30 seconds or less, you seek shelter and wait 30 minutes before resuming outdoor activity.

If a person can hear thunder, or see lightning, the danger already is present. A clear, sunny sky overhead with storm clouds nearby can still be dangerous.

Referees and Coaches should adhere to the following:

  • If lightning is within five miles, with or without hearing thunder, the game(s) or practice(s) should be suspended andshelter sought. A lightning detector can identify the distance accurately but may not be available. A rough guideline is to measure the time between the lightning flash and hearing the corresponding thunder. If it is 30 seconds or less, seek shelter. It may not be possible to determine which lightning strike generated which roll of thunder. A simple rule: If you can see it or hear it, clear it!
  • MYSA recommends that participants seek immediate shelter in their automobiles or a designated severe weather shelter, if there is one nearby. Smaller, open structures, tents, trees, isolated areas, etc, should be avoided. Cars, with windows rolled up or buses, can provide good shelter. Avoid contact with metal or other conducting materials to the outside surfaces. Do not stay in open, unprotected areas.
  • Games should not be restarted for at least 30 minutes after the last lightning strike is seen or roll of thunder is heard.
  • Tournaments should inform participating teams of notification and evacuation plans and shelters near the playing sites.


Heat is a problem when it prevents the body from cooling itself. The hotter the body gets, the more likely it is to increase fatigue levels, develop cramps and increase the possibility of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. The hotter and more humid the weather, the faster these problems can develop. Temperatures as low as 65 degrees, with a relative humidity of 100%, can be serious.

1. A heat index chart should be given to every coach and referee (
2. Games need to be adjusted as the heat index rises:

A. Mandatory water breaks
B. Go to quarters
C. Shorten the games

3. Provide training to coaches to teach the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

Club administrators and tournament officials are responsible for monitoring the heat index (by weather radio, online or the Weather Channel) and keeping the participating teams and game officials informed of the heat index. Coaches are encouraged to also monitor the conditions.  The following are recommended when there is a possibility of dangerous high heat index:

Heat Index Recommendations

  Up to 89° Normal Play
  90° to 99° Mandatory two-minute water breaks per half with running time.  Each half shortened by five minutes.
 100° to 105° Mandatory two-minute water breaks per half with running time.  Each half shortened by ten minutes.
      105°+ Suspend Play

For further information, please check the NOAA website for additional information in regards to how temperature and humidity combine to make it feel hotter.


For fall play, cold becomes a factor. Players should be allowed to dress in appropriate clothing. Field conditions will be affected by freezing rain, sleet and snow. The ground may become frozen and be unsafe for play. Temperature means either ambient (still air) or wind chill index. Check weather radio frequently for temperature and weather conditions.

  • Players on sidelines should remain dressed (if in warm-ups) until they enter the game.
  • Players coming off should towel off (if sweaty) and get dressed quickly.
  • No one should sit or lie directly on ground. The heat is lost faster to ground than to air. Blankets and chairs are recommended.
  • Keep hydrated-avoid caffeine and pop.
  • Keep an eye on field conditions (wet, icy, etc.). Cold wet conditions can quickly change field from safe footing to slippery.
  • Keep an eye on the goalie—usually the player who gets coldest first, as not running or moving like a field player.
  • Referees and coaches should discuss weather and fields pre-game.
  • Safety and health of the players come first.

Cold Index Recommendations

46° and higher No Change
45° and lower Aditional Clothing Allowed

Allowable Additional Clothing:

1. Layered beneath uniform (i.e. long sleeves, long pants, additional socks)
2.  Gloves or mittens
3.  Stocking caps without straps
4.  Sweat pants or shirts [MYSA Rule 7.4.1.e] (May be worn underneath the uniform, in the case of extremely 
     cold weather, provided the entire team uses the same color sweats.)
5.  Jackets may be worn under the uniform so that referees can see the player's number in the event of a 
          card being issued.

Clothing NOT Allowed:

1. Hooded sweatshirts (hoods and strings present 
possibility of being grabbed)
2. Ear muffs plastic or metal part crossing top of head presents potential hazard (headbands OK).
3.  Scarves (Isadora Duncan Syndrome).

40° and lower Shorten games five minutes per half.
35° and lower Suspend games

Below please find a link to the MYSA weather policy page:

MYSA Weather Policy Page