Inclement Weather and Field Policy Overview

One of the best and worst aspects of participating in youth soccer is the fact that it takes place in the outdoors. While it is great for our players (and parents) to spend a large portion of their time outside, especially in this day and age, it also makes us susceptible to the weather. Heat, cold, wind, rain, snow, and lightning are realities that youth soccer clubs across the country deal with daily.   

As a club, we are fortunate to have access to many great fields and facilities across a large geographic area. We are even more fortunate that a large portion of these fields are synthetic turf. Still, we do have weather-related issues that affect our ability to train and play. Particularly, rain will close grass fields and lightning will force us to stay off all fields. While the game is great, safety is and always will be our first priority. It can be especially tricky this time of year since the weather is often isolated to specific areas – while it may be storming in Mooresville, there may be blue skies in Matthews, etc.

Inclement Weather Policy

Per the NCYSA Lightning Policy, if we see lightning, we will clear the field, if we hear thunder, we will clear the field. Play will be halted for a minimum of 30 minutes. If no lightning is spotted during the 30 minutes and/or no thunder is heard during the 30 minutes, play will resume. If lightning is seen and/or thunder is heard during the 30-minute period, the clock starts over. No play will resume until a minimum of 30 minutes passes with no thunder and/or no lightning.

Cold Weather Policy 

Charlotte Independence Cold Weather Policy

Inclement Weather Communication

If fields are closed due to inclement weather, changes to or cancellation of training will be determined before 4:00 p.m. This decision will be made by our operations department and/or program directors. Inclement weather decisions made at the fields during training will be made by the senior coaching staff present at the field. If the decision is made to clear the fields, all teams must clear the fields and players and their parents must wait inside structures or vehicles for the mandatory 30 consecutive minutes. Standing under a covered pavilion or set of trees is not sufficient for player safety. All cancellations and changes due to weather will be communicated via Team Snap.

Team Snap Alerts

All cancellations and changes due to weather will be communicated via Team Snap. During expected bad weather, make sure to check Team Snap for updates from your child’s coach.  

Official Weather Policy

Official Weather Policy

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