THPRD Sports Grass Fields
Inclement Weather Guidelines
The following guidelines for inclement weather on Sports fields applies to all fields owned and maintained by THPRD. These fields include BSD property, THPRD property and covers fields sports Football, Soccer, Lacrosse, Baseball, Softball, Cricket and Rugby.
These guidelines are intended for use as a guide for coaches and field coordinators; they do not cover all situations.
To a large extent judgment is the primary determining factor to be considered, if it’s not safe for the kids or can cause damage to the field then it’s probably not a good idea to play.
Fields are considered closed to play under the following conditions:
• There has been one inch, or more, rain in the proceeding 12 hours.
• Outside air temperature is 32 degrees or lower.
• Ice, snow, frost or slush is present on the playing surface.
• Upon stepping on the playing surface, water either shoots up from the ground or is present around your foot.
• The ground is wet enough that a foot sinks into the turf or leaves a print.
• Visible bodies of surface water are present on the field.
The above conditions will result in significant damage, or lasting damage, that is time consuming to repair and can jeopardize future use of that field.
Fields may be closed if the following conditions are present:
• Significant rainfall the day of the use.
• Rain following cold temperatures. (Can create slow drainage.)
• Slick mud resulting from over use.
• Foot prints on the field that hold water.
• Wet turf that could be damaged from play.
• Significant turf loss due to weather, use, lack of water or soil compaction.
Please forward this document to your associations coaches and field coordinators. Their cooperation in following these guidelines will be key to preserving our fields in a safe and playable condition.
Warning: Ignoring poor field conditions, and inclement weather advisories will result in fields being removed from use for an extended amount of time.