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Weather Guidelines
 

Our primary concern is the safety and well-being of our players and coaches.  As the weather can quickly change, including field conditions/closures (if covered in snow) any cancellations will be made by 3:00pm at the latest. For game days, the call for cancellations will be made either early morning or the day before scheduled home games. Please refrain from emailing the club to ask about cancellations; if there is a cancellation, you will be notified via email by the Club.

While following these guidelines, the club will use its discretion for any weather-related cancellations.

COLD WEATHER

When the temperature drops, the body loses heat more rapidly. It is important to dress appropriately when training in cold weather; this also means not overdressing! Layering clothing is recommended and very effective. The layers can be added or removed based on body temperature and changing outdoor conditions, such as temperature, wind, or rain!

  • Layers: thermal base layer/jersey/training or rain jacket

  • gloves

  • toque

  • soccer training pants

  • water bottle: it is extremely important to keep hydrated during colder weather!

The club uses the Weather Network website for weather conditions.  Decisions on cancellations are also based on “feels like temperature,” at the start of the session which accounts for wind speed, dew point, humidity, and sunlight.  When viewing the temperature on the Weather Network; please ensure you are viewing the temperature in North Delta vs Delta, as the weather can vary from North Delta to South Delta. 


Training in Cold Weather

  • 0 to 2 degrees Celsius: No more than 1 hour outside

    • Teams that train for longer than 1 hour will need to reduce their session time to a max of 60 min including warm-up.

  • 0 to -3 degrees Celsius: No more than 30 minutes outside per session

    • No outdoor training 

  • -4 degrees Celsius or lower: No outdoor training

 

 

EXTREME HEAT

NDFC follows the BC Soccer Extreme Head Guidelines.

Proper hydration is essential for player performance and for preventing heat and hydration-related illnesses. If players don’t drink enough fluids before, during, or after any sport, they may become dehydrated. Subsequently, they will not be able to keep their body as cool while playing a sport.

  • Player clothing: lightweight, breathable clothing is needed when training and playing in warmer conditions.  All players have short-sleeved jerseys/shorts that are lightweight, so we recommend that they wear their full kits for practices.

 

  • Players should be pre-hydrating before a session by ensuring they are drinking water throughout the day. Rule of thumb: when playing or training, drinking at least 500 ml for every 20 lbs of body weight is recommended. Thus, someone weighing 140 lbs should drink at least 3500 ml of fluid.

 

 

AIR QUALITY

NDFC follows the BC Soccer Air Quality Safety Guidelines.  

 

To view air quality for Metro Vancouver - SE view HERE.


 

LIGHTNING & THUNDER

 

NDFC follows the Canada Soccer Lightning Safety/ Severe Weather Policy.

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