Lightning

Looks pretty but it can ruin your day!

Looks pretty but it can ruin your day!


Cancellation / Safety Procedure For Adult Soccer

We don’t cancel adult beforehand. Adults make their own decisions whether to come or not.

  • It is mandatory to go into a car or a building for 30 minutes every time we hear thunder or see lightning.

Cancellation / Safety Procedure For Youth Soccer

  • Parents, of players aged up to 9 inclusive, must always be within sight, and must immediately take their children into their car or into a building for 30 minutes every time we hear thunder or see lightning.
  • For ages 10 and up parents must pre-instruct their children, and make it routine for them, to immediately go into their car or into a building for 30 minutes every time we hear thunder or see lightning.
  • Sometimes the high school is open during soccer. Sometimes it isn’t. Access to the school is not include with our field rental. That is why parents have to be present. We have no place to safely shelter the children during a storm.

Youth soccer is automatically cancelled whenever Environment Canada has a severe thunderstorm warning, or higher, in effect at 5:15 pm on a youth soccer evening.

Heat issues are not included in the automatic cancellation. We don’t normally cancel due to heat. Parents with children who struggle in the heat are encouraged to make their own decision whether to come or not. When it is hot, or humid, we take frequent water breaks and encourage you to drink fluids before, during, and after the game to counter dehydration. Google for effective fluids.

When Environment Canada forecasts problematic weather for a youth soccer evening, the President of the HSClub will make a decision at 5:20 pm to cancel or to proceed with youth soccer. That decision will be:

  • quickly posted on our website;
  • sent out via Twitter;
  • sent down other available communication channels.

If no cancellation appears by 5:25 pm, and the HSClub has internet, you may assume youth soccer is a go.

  • If you have any qualms whatsoever, then don’t come.

Safety is our prime consideration. We make mistakes and learn from each one. Ideally, mistakes are based on erring on the side of safety. Nevertheless, things go wrong; but if you follow our rules you will be safer. The HSClub heavily relies on the many eyes observing principle. Parents are required to keep their eyes open.


Additional Info

On any bad weather days please click the following. They help us make youth cancellations.

Environment Canada Lightning Information

 Environment Canada Warning

Environment Canada Hourly Forecast

Real Time Lightning Strikes