Birmingham Bloomfield Soccer Club

16291 West Fourteen Mile Rd
Suite 6
Beverly Hills, MI 48025



Rules for Playing in Bad Weather
Game Suspension Requirements
Lightning and Tornadoes

Rules for Playing in Bad Weather

Soccer is played in almost all weather conditions. Because of our relatively short playing season and inability to make-up most games, we try to stay on schedule whenever possible. But safety is still priority one.

The problem is this: everyone has a different opinion as to what is a threatening weather condition. Michigan State Youth Soccer Association (MSYSA), the governing body, to which we are a member, has established the guidelines below to follow during adverse weather conditions.

Referees are responsible for making this decision to suspend play. However, in any situation, parents and coaches should not hesitate to remove players from any weather condition they feel is unsafe or inappropriate. No one will be penalized for any safety related actions taken.

Below are the league rules for playing under bad weather:

  1. Check the BBSC website for any announcement regarding field closures.
  2. Rain is not bad weather and is not grounds for the coach or the referee to stop the game, unless the field becomes unplayable.
  3. If the rain makes the field unplayable, the referee will stop the game. If he/she doesn’t, you should ask him/her.
  4. Make sure that referees, players, and everyone else gets off the field if there is lighting or thunder.
  5. In case of lighting or thunder, the referee will stop the game. If he/she does not, you should ask him/her to do so. The referee will wait 20 minutes after last time thunder is heard or lighting is seen before resuming the game.
  7. The coaches DO NOT decide if it is OK to resume the game. The referee DOES.
  8. If the delay will extend to the next scheduled game, the referee will call the game. For example, thunder is heard with 10 minutes left in a game. The game should be stopped, and the game is complete.


Game Suspension Requirements

If any of the circumstances outlined below occurs the referee should immediately suspend the game.

  1. If thunder is heard, the game should be suspended and the fields are cleared. Everyone should immediately go to a safe shelter.

  2. If lighting is seen, the game should be suspended and the fields cleared. Everyone should immediately go to a safe shelter.

  3. If a thunderstorm is heard or seen coming or your hair stands on end, the game should be suspended and the fields cleared. Everyone should immediately go to a safe shelter. Do not wait until it rains.

If the game official does not immediately suspend the game when any one of the points above have occurred, the head coach from each team can agree that one of the three criteria listed above have occurred they are to withdraw their teams from the field. If this action is taken, then both coaches must submit a written report to their league outlining the circumstances, the facts concerning the weather conditions at that time, the fact that the two coaches were in a agreement and the name of the officials at the game.

If an official and one of the coaches do not reach the conclusion to suspend the game and any one of the three points listed above are believed to have occurred, the coach that supported the suspension of the game is to send a written report to their league outlining the facts and the names of the officials.

No one should retake the field or re-start the game until all of the lighting and thunder or other hazardous weather has left the area. Specifically, no one should retake the field for a minimum of 20 minutes after the last lightning is seen or thunder is heard, or the dangerously high winds have passed.

Every five seconds between the flash of lightning and the rumble of a thunder is one-mile distance. Experts suggest if you can hear the thunder you are in danger of getting struck as lightning can travel as far as ten miles from a "parent cloud".



Lightning and Tornados

The protection of participants is of paramount importance. Every member should recognize the danger presented by lightening, tornados, and other hazardous weather. The following items represent generally accepted principles regarding the dangers involved with lightning and tornados.


  • All thunderstorms produce lighting and are dangerous

  • Lightning often strikes as far as 10 miles away from any rainfall. You are in danger from lightning if you can hear thunder. You are in danger if you can see lightning.

  • Lightning injuries can lead to permanent disabilities or death. Look for dark cloud bases and increasing wind.

  • Soccer fields are a dangerous place to be during a lightning storm. When lightning is seen or thunder is heard, or when dark threatening clouds are observed, quickly suspend the game and/or practice and move to a safe location.

  • Avoid standing in an open area, near soccer goals, under a tent, near trees or water. The safest place during a thunderstorm with or without visible lightning is in a car.


  • Watch for rapidly darkening skies.

  • The sound of an approaching tornado is often described as that of an approaching train.

  • The funnel of a tornado does not have to touch down to cause extensive damage and injuries.

  • Tornados can produce winds of 300 miles per hour or more.

  • Most people who are hurt during a tornado are hurt when they are struck by flying debris.

  • Seek safety in a solid structure, preferably a basement or in an interior room. If no building is available, lay down in a ditch.


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