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AYSO Region 1079 Red Mountain Serving Mesa and Surrounding Areas

Weather Policies for 1079


Weather Policies

RAIN:

AYSO will not call a game or practices due to rain.


The City of Mesa may close the fields due to unsafe field conditions due to rain, we get those notices typically late in the day, so we will let everyone know as soon as we know.  Check out our Instagram or Facebook pages for the quickest way to know.

Coaches who cancel games due to rain and not a field closure forfeit their game and the ability for it to be rescheduled.



LIGHTNING:

If thunder is heard or lightning strikes within 7 miles, all players, coaches, parents, and refs should evacuate the field immediately to their cars and stay off the field until lightning has left the 7 miles radius.

Because of our unique location in the valley and mountains nearby, we often can see lighting further away, although it is a storm bypassing us opposite the mountains to the east or in Pinal County or Queen Creek to the south.  Theses areas are further than the needed distance to cancel or postpone games.  Please be aware of weather radar and lighting strikes in the area by following the below guidelines.


The key ingredient that defines a thunderstorm is lightning. Since lightning creates thunder, a storm with lightning is called a thunderstorm. Lightning causes thunder.  Although the flash of lightning and resulting thunder occur at essentially the same time, light travels at 186,000 miles in a second, almost a million times the speed of sound. Sound travels at the relatively snail pace of one-fifth of a mile in the same time. Thus the flash, if not obscured by clouds, is seen before the thunder is heard. By counting the seconds between the flash and the thunder and dividing by "5", an estimate of the distance to the strike (in miles) can be made.  Lighting that is seen but not heard does not always require evacuation as it is typically too far away.

Regional Commissioners or their designees, including Coach Administrator, Referee Administrator or referees, will have the authority, as so designated, to delay the start of play, call a halt in play or suspend/terminate a game due to severe weather conditions.  Coaches are responsible for cancelling practices.  Coaches who elect to cancel games without first consulting with the designee for the games, or being canceled by the region will forfeit their right to reschedule.  

(a)   Restart games after no thunder or lighting has been detecting within 7 miles for 30 minutes.

(b)   Area 12D will not promote any specific weather app or detection system. Area 12D will highly suggest that a system is used on the field during training and matches. Lighting within 6 miles is dangerous. Evacuate fields immediately if lightning is within this range.

DUST STORM/ HABOOB

Thunderstorms frequently produce strong downward rushes of air called microbursts that spread out along the ground and spread dense blowing dust called “haboobs.”

Haboobs (also called dust storms) are unexpected, unpredictable and can sweep across Arizona's desert landscape at any time. You can endure these brief but powerful windstorms if you know how to react.

Take shelter to avoid being impacted by flying debris and getting items blown away or dirt particles in the eye or etc.

EXTREME HEAT

Soccer in Arizona is sometimes played under extreme heat conditions.  Coaches, Referees, and Parents should be aware of signs of trouble when players are not properly hydrated under these conditions. When temperatures and humidity rise above normal levels, the potential for risk arises. Be aware of these dangers and be prepared to stop or delay games (or practices) to ensure proper hydration. The proper and continued hydration of players and volunteers is essential starting at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled event. Sunscreen of appropriate strength should be applied frequently.

(a)    If the temperature is expected to be or reaches over 105.0 degrees Fahrenheit or higher matches and training may be canceled.

(b)    If the temperature is expected to be or reaches over 98.0 degrees Fahrenheit or higher matches and training may be adjusted to allow for more hydration and rest.


Please be smart and utilize shade covers, misting systems, water, ice and taking frequent water breaks and utilizing substitutions to ensure all players are safe.






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