Maryland State Youth Soccer Weather Policy
Monitoring weather conditions is the responsibility of the game officials, coaches, tournament directors and club administrators and in some cases MSYSA administrators. All should be aware of the potential dangers posed by different weather conditions and work together to keep the players and other participants as safe as possible. If the weather conditions warrant, officials, coaches and/or administrators are encouraged to discuss before the game/practice starts what the procedures will be to insure the safety of the players.
Tournament directors are encouraged to monitor weather conditions including the warnings and watches issued by the National Weather Service. In the event of sudden changes, the tournament directors are encouraged to have a means of sending warnings to the site officials. Having a weather plan is encouraged, and when possible, should be provided to the participating teams to allow a clear understanding of shelter locations, evacuation plans and how the weather will affect tournament results. Club administrators are encouraged to perform similar functions for league play and club practices.
Technology has improved the monitoring capability for all concerned. There are many new apps for phones and tablets that provide accurate and timely weather reports, forecasts and warnings. Lightning detectors can take the guesswork out of how far away lightning is. Cell phones and two-way radios can meet communication requirements to implement weather plans.
MSYSA strongly recommends that all game officials, coaches, tournament directors and club administrators familiarize themselves with pertinent information regarding the impact of environmental conditions on player health and safety.