Fairhope Soccer Club Protocols
The decision to open or close fields is made by the City of Fairhope Parks & Recreation Department, in consultation with Fairhope Soccer Club.
Every effort is made to update the fields status on the web site (FairhopeSoccerClub.com), Facebook (like Fairhope Soccer Club), RainOut & Broadcast Emailing. The status posted using these methods will remain in effect until a new status is posted. In other words, if the status is updated announcing that fields are open, they will remain open until the status message is changed.
The decision to open or close fields is not necessarily based on the weather at any given moment, but rather on the condition of the fields themselves. After heavy or extended periods of rain, many grass fields often need hours or even a day or two to dry out and become playable. Conversely, there may be occasions when fields will remain open even if it has begun raining, because the fields are not saturated with water.
The primary reason for closing a field is player safety; playing soccer on a field that is muddy and saturated with water is dangerous and poses real risks of injury.
The secondary reason for closing a field is preservation of the playing surfaces; it only takes a few minutes to do serious damage to a field that is wet and slippery–and it can take weeks or months for a field to recover from such damage.
Fairhope Soccer Club is committed to providing the best and safest youth soccer environment as possible to our members. Understand these decisions are based on the forecasts, which are not always reliable indicators, and we do not make the decision to cancel trainings or games lightly. We will always take into consideration field conditions as well as driving conditions to get to the fields. Our goal is to communicate any cancellations as soon as a decision has been made. Often we will wait to make a decision in the hope that conditions improve that will permit us to train/play. We appreciate your support and understanding when we are faced with making these difficult decisions.
RULE: If you hear thunder, clear the fields. If you see lightning, clear the fields.
When severe weather threatens while players, parents & coaches are at Fairhope Soccer Complex,
- A 3 air horn blast means indicates ALL players & parents must immediately clear the fields, seek shelter or return to your car.
- The club official will monitor the severe weather threat for 30 minutes. DO NOT LEAVE SHELTER OR CAR.
- When severe weather conditions no longer exist after 30 minutes, the horn will blast 3 shorter bursts
- You may return to the field after the 3 shorter blasts have sounded
- If severe weather conditions continue, a club broadcast email and a RainOut text message will inform you that ALL ACTIVITES ARE CANCELED
Lightning Facts: Approximately 70 people are killed by lightning and 400 are injured in any given year in the U.S. (NOAA) On average, 10% of strike victims die and 70% suffer serious long term effects. (NOAA) The second most likely place of occurrence for a person to be struck is at a ball field or open field. Bolts of lightning reach temperatures as high as 50,000 degrees. The average thunderstorm is six to ten miles wide. The average rate of travel of a thunderstorm is 25 mph. Lightning can strike from as far away as 10 miles.
With our new complex and larger parking lot, it’s important to avoid the potential dangers of dropping off and picking up your player. When parking lots get crowded, kids are rushing around to make their games/practices and cars are zooming around for parking spots, Fairhope Soccer Club makes safety the number one concern.
Adults aren’t the only people that fall victim to being in a hurry. Kids love to run through parking lots and in between cars in a rush to start playing, often forgetting to look both ways as well as kicking their soccer balls. That’s why it’s important to take a strong safety-in-the-streets stance to prevent parking lot accidents. While punctuality is a virtue, rushing—and carelessness—isn’t.
1. Please observe ALL signs and cones. They are there for a reason. Do not move cones so you can park.
2. NO parking along any fences. This blocks the flow of traffic.
3. If you do not have a handicap sticker/license plate, DO NOT park in the designated handicap parking area even if they are empty.
4. Player Drop Off: We will have 1 designated player drop off area at the walk-through gate only. NO PLAYER drop off at drive-through gate. This has caused too much traffic congestion.
· Make sure your player has every all equipment/water bottles etc. ready to make a quick exit out of the car at the designated player drop-off area. If your player isn’t ready, please park your car so not to slow/block the flow of traffic.
5. Player Pick Up: There is no parking along fences or coned off areas.
· Please park your car in the lot while you wait for your player to be finished with practice/game.
· WE prefer, especially 5-13 year olds to be picked up by parent/guardian/or car pool parent at the gate or at the field. While this may be inconvenience, we need to make sure all our players are safe.
Waiting in your car to pick-up your player along the fences causes traffic issues. Again, please park your car and walk to your player.