Weather Policy - Practices/Games

Due to the possibility of extreme weather conditions, practices/games may be postponed/cancelled. No guarantee that practices/games will be made up. Extreme weather conditions are a risk for outdoor sports programs and can happen any time of year.

Heat Advisory

For Heat Index, please refer to

If the Heat Index is 100°+, all practices and games will be canceled. At games, Coaches and Referees may use their discretion when the Head Index is between 90-100°.  If there is a belief that there is a danger to players, err on the side of caution.

Referees to add extra water breaks as needed. 

Air Quality

For Air Quality Index (AQI), please refer to

If the Air Quality Index (AQI) is 100+, all practices and games will be canceled due to conditions that are Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups. Between 50-99 is Moderate and acceptable AQI for outdoor events, but please review the link data for detailed information as some individuals may be unusually sensitive to air pollution.

THPRD Inclement Weather Policy

In the event of unusual weather conditions, please see the below information.
Please remember, safety first for all the kids.

THPRD Inclement Weather Number - 503-629-6395 option 3

The park district will update this phone line if soccer fields are closed by maintenance.

The information should be available by 4pm on weekdays.
Officials and coaches should use the inclement weather policy and good judgment on Saturdays.  In the event of really bad weather - THPRD maintenance or management will make decisions about game time conditions.

If it is recognized that fields are saturated and may pose risk to players, please use the inclement weather policy and common sense.

Contact THPRD with weather related field playability concerns.

THPRD Field Condition Policy =>

Do not use a field if falls into the conditions listed. THJSL recognizes teams want to train. An injured player is not worth a missed practice. Do not jeopardize field usage for short term gain. Poor conditions will result in significant, or lasting damage that is time-consuming to repair and can jeopardize future use of that field.

Thunder/Lightening Policy for Practices/Games

Per Keith Ericson (our referee scheduler and interpreter of league rule).

This is based on the outline from FIFA.

"There is a "Lightning + Thunder" component. It's called the "30-30" Rule:

You see the lightning. Start counting time. If the thunder is heard within 30 seconds, suspend the match (Practice) for a minimum of 30 minutes. Send everyone to shelter. (NOT under the trees!) If there are subsequent occurrences of "lightning-with-thunder-within-30-seconds" then the 30-minute "timer" is reset.

So, 30-30 rule seems to make the most sense. Better safe than sorry.


Lightning - USSF Rules - Minimum Delay 30 Minutes - match terminated after 45 minute delay

Example #1 - Lightning is first observed at 2:00 PM, and continues intermittently for several minutes... the last lightning strike is observed at 2:15. This match should be terminated upon seeing the lightning strike at 2:15 (because after you wait 30 minutes after 2:15, the total accumulated stoppage time will be 45 minutes).
Example #2 - Lightning is first observed at 2:00 PM. No further lightning is observed. You resume play 30 minutes later (at 2:30). If at ANY time you observe lightning again, this match should be terminated IMMEDIATELY (because after you wait another 30 minutes, the total accumulated stoppage time will exceed 45 minutes).

Lightning - General Information (Referee info)
+ Lightning is one of America's biggest weather killers.
+ Lightning is must NOT be ignored.
+ The safety of the players is always your PRIMARY concern.
+ "Lightning" is now defined as VISIBLE LIGHTNING, including ANY kind of lightning and/or THUNDER.
When you see lightning or hear thunder:
1. Regardless of how far away it may seem, your responsibility as a referee is to STOP the match immediately.
2. Advise players and team personnel to seek shelter.
3. Tell them they may not return to the field without your approval.
4. Note the time you stopped play. If they refuse to seek shelter, or they return to the field without your approval, submit a detailed Game Report.