In case of Rain
If there is a chance of rain/cancellation due to wet pitch, before you leave for your assignment, check the WYSL websites under FIELDS / SPRING 2018 FIELD CLOSINGS, for a spreadsheet listing all fields pulled for the day. If you don’t see your field listed, then report to your assignments.
You might hear from the coach or a local league administrator. In this case, be sure that you inquire whether just the particular game is called off or the entire slate of games for that field. If in doubt, check the field closings spreadsheet. Call the Assignor only in extreme emergency. During rain dates they get hundreds of calls. Assignors at (914) 235-5110 EXT 2004.
If after the following the above procedure, you arrive at your game and it does not play, you will be paid for our first game. Make sure to submit your game report on-line and indicate the game was cancelled or field pulled.
The cancellation of WYSL travel games DOES NOT affect other league matches (i.e. Cup or Premier). Referees assigned to these matches should contact home team coaches and your assignor for all other games.
In Case of Thunder or Lightning
At the first sound of thunder or sign of lightning, referees must pull all players off the pitch and seek shelter in a nearby building or vehicles. Games and practices should not restart until at least 30 minutes have passed since the last thunder or lightning. Additional sound of thunder or sign of lightning, resets the 30 minute count.
The Heat Index
It is a measure of how hot it really feels when relative humidity is factored in with the actual air temperature. To find the Heat Index temperature, look at the Heat Index Chart below. As an example, if the air temperature is 96°F and the relative humidity is 65%, the heat index–how hot it feels–is 121°F. The red area without numbers indicates extreme danger.
Heat index values were devised for shady, light wind conditions, exposure to full sunshine can increase heat index values by up to 15°F. Also, strong winds, particularly with very hot, dry air, can be extremely hazardous.
U8s through U 12s should not play if the heat index is above the yellow shaded area. No one should play if the heat index reaches 100 or above. When the heat index is in the yellow area, think about water timeouts midway through each half. Referees are responsible for the Safety of the players. Do NOT allow coaches to convince you to play if the heat index is to high
WATER BREAKS ARE HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.