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A quick note on weather conditions and soccer games
Submitted By John Adams on Thursday, May 22, 2014
There have been a few inquiries recently about the cancellation of Soccer games with Kincardine Soccer, so here is a quick rundown of how those decisions are made.

Here is the weather portion of the Kincardine Minor Soccer Club Bylaws
6.0                BY-LAW 6           WEATHER
6.1      In the event of inclement weather during a game in progress:
-          If the game has played ten minutes into the second half, and the referee stops the game, the score is taken as is.
-          If the game is stopped before the allotted time, the game must be replayed within two weeks.  As with any re-scheduled game, the Convenor must be contacted.
-          For Representative, Tournament & Lakeshore Teams they will follow the constitution and rules of the League/Tournament they are playing in.
6.2      Referees can only cancel games at game time.
6.3      For U4, U5 and U6 only, the Convenor and/or Coaches in mutual agreement, can cancel games due to inclement weather. 
6.4      If a playoff game is called due to weather conditions, the game will be completed at another time.  If the game is more than two-thirds played, results stand and the game is not rescheduled.

As a general rule the soccer games go ahead in light or medium rain unless there is thunder and lightning.. The Executive only cancel Timbits games in the event of extremely poor field conditions--as we did 2 years ago when everything was under water--or if there is a severe weather system expected to cut through the area, but again, there is generally lots of notice in those situations. Since there are no makeup games in U4, U5 or U6 though, we do try to get in any games that we can.
For all other leagues starting in U8 and up, as indicated in section 6.2, the call to cancel a game lies not with the coaches, but instead is a game time decision that rests with the referee at game time. What this means is that regardless of the current weather conditions you need to arrive at the field at game time and have a team ready to play. This is important to keep in mind as if the team minimum players are not met by one of the teams, then the other team would win by forfeit, regardless of weather conditions. 

Hopefully that clears things up for everyone.
John F. Adams
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