River Valley Soccer: Weather Protocol

Weather Protocol

All games will proceed under any rain circumstances except for thunder and lightning as outlined below.

RVSA SEVERE WEATHER PLAN

THUNDER/LIGHTNING

  • At the sight of lightning or sound of thunder all players, coaches, spectators, and League personnel must seek shelter and stay in that shelter for a perion of 30 minutes.  If during that time thunder or lightening reoccurs the 30 minute clock restarts at that time.

    Parents should provide their child's coach with a phone number that can be called to arrange early pickup of their child if cancellation of practices or games becomes necessary due to persistent thunder or lightning.

SEVERE WEATHER-KNOW THE DIFFERENCE

  • Severe Thunderstorm Watch-Severe thunderstorms are possible in and near the watch area.  Stay informed and be ready to act if a severe thunderstorm warning is issued.  Cancellation of outdoor activities is not warranted in this situation.
  • Severe thunderstorm Warning-Severe weather has been reported by spotters or indicated by radar.  Warnings indicate imminent danger to life and property.  
  • If a severe thunderstorm warning is issued, take shelter in a substantial building or in a vehicle with the window closed.
  • If you are outside and cannot reach a safe building, avoid high groundwater; tall, isolated trees; and metal objects such as fences or bleachers.  Picnic shelters, dugouts, and sheds are NOT safe.  None of the buildings at our practic or game locations are considered safe in this type of event.
  • If you are caught outdoors, seek shelter in a basement, shelter, or sturdy building.  If you cannot quickly walk to a shelter:  Immediately get into a vehicle, buckle your seatbelt, and try to drive to the closest sturdy shelter.  If flying debris occurs while you are driving, pull over and park.  Now you have the following options as a last resort:    1) Stay in the car with the seatbelt on.  Put your head down below the windows covering with your hands and a blanket if possible.  2) If you can safely get noticeably lower than the level of the roadway, exit your car and lie in that area covering your head with your hands.  Your choice should be driven by your specific circumstances.
  • TORNADO:  WATCH VS. WARNING
  • Tornado Watch-Tornados are possible in and near the watch area.  Stay informed and be ready to act if a Tornado Warning is issued.  Cancellation of outdoor activities is not warranted in this situation.
  • Tornado Warning-A Tornado or funnel cloud has been reported by spotters or indicated by radar.  Warnings indicate imminent danger to life and property.
  • If you are caught outdoors, seek shelter in a basement, shelter, or sturdy building.  None of the buildings at our practice or game locations are condsidered safe in this type of event.
  • If you cannot quickly walk to shelter immediately get into a vehicle, buckle your seatbelt and try to drive to the closest sturdy shelter.  If flying debris occurs while you are driving, pull over and park.  Now you have the following options as a last resort:  1) Stay in the car with the seatbelt on.  Put your head down below the windows covering with your hands and a blanket if possible.  2) If you can safely get noticeably lower than the level of the roadway, exit your car and lie in that area covering your head with your hands.  Your choice should be drived by your specific circumstances.
  • Ref:  American Red Cross