Critical for all outdoor enthusiasts, we all need to know if/when our fields are closed. Montgomery County has changed their reporting time. The end result is that there is now less buffer between the report and our activity start times.
Montgomery County is now reporting rainout conditions at 3 PM instead of at 2 PM as before. This means that we will have less time to alert everyone of a closure.
Want to know the general policy? Keep reading below.
It never fails, our fields are closed, we make the announcements, parents show up anyway - wet, disappointed, and frustrated. Don't be that parent! Here are some things you can (and should) do:
Fields are not generally closed because we don't want kids to get wet. Lightning and thunder are no-no's, but rain.... it's just wetness. And slippery... and sometimes cold... but not a show stopper.
Our fields are owned by Montgomery County. The County has a general rule that when it has rained 1/2 inch or more in the last 24 hours, they close the fields. This is to protect the fields, not the kids. Wet fields are soft. Soft fields get damaged by cleats. Damages fields have to come out of service for the rest of the season. They take a long time to repair.
We check for field closures at 3 PM (used to be 2 M until they changed their policy), and do our best to get the word out as we talk about above.
On weekends, our Field and Equipment manager has first line responsibility for inspecting the fields and getting a report back to the Recreation Director before 7AM. If there is a field issue, the Recreation Director and the Field and Equipment manager will contact the President and the three will make the decision.
A County driven closure trumps a Club decision. If they close, we can not open. If they remain open, we can still close.
Safety, mostly. Some things that can impact safety: