FAQ's / What is the region’s policy on bad weather?

Soccer is played in all types of weather conditions. In AYSO Region 13, the Commissioner, the Regional Referee Administrator, the Safety Director and the Assistant Commissioners have the authority to cancel or postpone games because of weather or unsafe playing conditions. Unless previously notified, all teams must appear at the scheduled time, regardless of weather conditions. This is especially important in Pasadena, Altadena and La Cañada, where a hard rain at home does not necessarily mean anything about the weather at the playing fields. Assume that the game will be played unless you hear from your coach. Once the game time arrives, the referee of the game has full responsibility for that game. Team practices, of course, may be canceled at the discretion of the team coach.

It is very important that no practices or matches take place if Region 13 has announced that practices have been canceled due to weather. Region 13 risks losing our field permits should a team practice on a closed field. Further, playing on wet fields creates ruts and holes that degrade the quality of the playing field. Degraded field conditions are expensive to correct and may, in fact, not be repaired due to economic constraints. In addition, degraded field conditions may be dangerous to players because of the uneven surface.

Games may also be delayed, shortened, or canceled due to excessive smog or smoke.

Where to Get Information

For game cancellation information, check the Region’s Home Page or your email if you have subscribed to the Email Alert Service. The Region attempts to post information about canceled matches by 7:00 a.m.

For practice field cancellations, again check the Region’s Home Page or your email if you have subscribed to the Email Alert Service. Region 13 attempts to post information about canceled practices by 4:00 p.m. In addition, the City of La Cañada maintains a separate system for announcing practice field closures. Information about practices in La Cañada is available at 818-790-8898 ext. 938 [WET]. However, the Region’s Home Page should be your primary source for weather-related information.

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