AIR QUALITY AND WEATHER POLICY

The Folsom Lake Soccer League considers Sacramento Region’s Spare The Air website at http://www.sparetheair.com/ as the source for ozone and particulate matter measurements.  The board of directors encourages all coaches to monitor air quality conditions by the website, mobile application, and sign up for daily air alerts.

The Folsom Lake Soccer League continues to review resources made available by Spare The Air to ensure youth players’ safety at all times.  For example, the board of directors has enhanced the air quality policy based on the Spare The Air AQI Kids Activity Chart.

The air quality index for ozone and/or particulate matter measurements and weather conditions will potentially affect Folsom Lake Soccer League soccer practice and game schedules.  The board of directors expects all clubs and teams to adhere to Folsom Lake Soccer League air quality and weather policy to ensure youth player’s safety at all times.  Each Club has the ability to adopt a stricter air quality and weather policy, if desired.

The League recognizes the parent is the final decision maker for their youth player’s safety.  There is to be no retaliation by the League, Club, or coach towards the player based on the parent’s decision to play at practices or games based on air quality and weather conditions.

GAMES

Air quality index for games

  • At 201 or greater AQI Ozone or PMI levels, all outdoor games should be cancelled.
  • At 101-200 AQI Ozone or PMI levels, all outdoor games should add rest breaks and increase substitutions to lower breathing rates.
  • The HOME league and/or club is responsible for cancelling games within 90 minutes of game start time.

Weather conditions for games

  • At 108 degrees or higher, all outdoor games should be cancelled.
  • At 100-107 degrees or higher, all outdoor games should add rest breaks and increase substitutions to lower exertion rates.
  • If lightning is in visual range, all outdoor games are suspended until game officials have instructed play can continue.
  • If fields have been closed by the City, all outdoor games on natural grass are cancelled.
  • The HOME league and/or club is responsible for cancelling games within 90 minutes of game start time.

PRACTICES

Air quality index for practices

  • At 201 or greater AQI Ozone or PMI levels, all outdoor practices should be cancelled.
  • At 151-200 AQI Ozone or PMI levels, any outdoor U9-U19 practice should decrease intensity and duration. Add rest breaks or substitutions to lower breathing rates.
  • At 151-200 AQI Ozone or PMI levels, any outdoor U5-U8 practice should be cancelled.
  • At 101-150 AQI Ozone or PMI levels, any outdoor U5-U8 practice should decrease intensity and duration. Add rest breaks or substitutions to lower breathing rates.
  • The HOME league, club, or head coach is responsible for cancelling practices within 30 minutes of start time.

Weather conditions for practices

  • At 105 degrees or higher, all outdoor practices should be cancelled.
  • At 100-104 degrees, any outdoor U9-U19 practice should decrease intensity and duration. Add rest breaks or substitutions to lower exertion rates.
  • At 102 degrees or greater, any outdoor U5-U8 practice should be cancelled.
  • At 95-101 degrees, any outdoor U5-U8 practice should decrease intensity and duration. Add rest breaks or substitutions to lower exertion rates.
  • If lightning is in visual range, all outdoor practices are suspended until the head coach has given instruction play can continue.
  • If fields have been closed by the City, all outdoor practices on natural grass are cancelled.
  • The HOME league, club, or head coach is responsible for cancelling practices within 30 minutes of start time.