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AYSO plays in ALL weather, cold, rain and snow included.  The exceptions are the presence of thunder and / OR lightning or field flooding.  So please remember to dress for the weather!

Thunder / Lightning - Games Halted or Canceled

By AYSO rules, if thunder or lightning are observed, ALL play - during game or practice - is to stop for thirty (30) minutes after the last thunder / lightning are observed.  
  • If new thunder or lightning are observed, the countdown starts over at thirty (30) minutes.
  • Any games will be delayed or canceled. 
  • Families should wait in their vehicles NOT in the complex during heavy storms.
  • If weather appears to be subsiding:  Games - The Regional Commissioner (or designate) will signal the all clear and game play will resume;  Practices - The coach will determine if and when play can resume for their respective practices
  • We will follow the Make-up schedule (found on your game schedule) for any canceled games.

Cold / Rain / Snow / Frost - Games Will Be Played

Late season games especially bring frost, sleet, freezing rain and even snow along with their frigid temperatures at early morning games. Games will still be played.  (Practices may be canceled at the discretion of the coaches.)

  • Consider bringing blankets, hats, gloves.
  • Consider purchasing sets of inexpensive, disposable pocket hand warmers from any of the local department stores (generally found on end caps or in sporting goods) for use inside gloves and cleats/shoes (and not just for players).
  • Remember that the uniform jersey needs to be the last thing that a player puts on.
  • Remember that players will be very warm after running around the field after the ball, and that when coming off the field, they should add an additional layer (blanket, jacket, etc.) to prevent any chill that might overtake them.
  • Remember that the ball will hurt more when it is cold outside.
  • Players are allowed to wear black sweatpants in lieu of uniform pants.  Consider wearing the sweatpants OVER the shorts in case the player / weather gets too warm mid-game, especially if you are sitting for multiple games in one day.  Then they can easily be removed.  Socks need to be pulled up over the sweatpants during games.
  • Watch for signs of frostbite.  Consider bringing a spare change of clothes for your player(s) if you are going out after a game / practice played in inclement weather.


When there's question, please check the Home Page of this website, Facebook for updated information, and / or WTVB Radio (AM 1590) for cancellation information.  Like us on Facebook (visit our home page for the Facebook news feed).  Please always use your best judgment in planning for your day.

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