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.