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AYSO Region 1631 - Downtown San Jose

Rain Policy

We play rain or shine, unless the City closes the fields. Even if it's raining out, it doesn't mean the fields are closed. Assume games and practices are on unless/until you hear directly from the league. The City of San Jose closes grass fields when a steady rain is falling, there is standing water, and/or when fields are overly saturated.

The Field Conditions Hotline at (408) 794-6532 is used to confirm the status of all City of San Jose fields. The hotline is updated as conditions change. We will send an all-league email when fields are closed, but you're also welcome to check the status using the City's hotline.

Note: It is a bummer that practices or games may be canceled in the future. We have had seasons where 2-3 weekends of games have been canceled due to either rain or wildfire smoke. It's just part of outdoor sports, especially these days. What we recommend is that coaches think about making one of their weekly practices into a scrimmage with another team (from within our own region) - this is usually a win-win. Kids get more "game" time, coaches get a break from running a full session. What we would not recommend is coaches trying to find their own makeup field space, schedule their own makeup games with other regions without going through our official schedulers, and coaches trying to get indoor space (school gym, indoor sportsplex, etc.) because that is not covered by AYSO insurance.

Air Quality Policy

Each event leader (Coach / Referee etc) will make the decision upon playing / modifications or cancellations for their locations as the AQI numbers can change quickly. If you believe your child has an increased level of sensitivity due to air particulates, you may decide to keep them out of all activities.

When To Cancel/Modify AYSO Team Practices/Matches Due To Air Quality:
Green Level - AQI = 0 to 50: Regular activities without limitations or modifications.
Yellow Level - AQI = 51 to 100: Air quality is acceptable, some pollutants might impact a very small number of people. Parents and coaches to make modifications for sensitive players if needed.
Orange Level - AQI = 101 to 125 - Air quality is undesirable, some pollutants might impact a small number of people. Parents and coaches to make modifications for players, possibly including no play or practice.
Red Level (and above) - AQI = 126 (and above) - All Region activities to be cancelled. 

The below guidance is being used by all AYSO Area 2J Regions for Air Quality.  The Local Air Quality is being monitored using Purple-Air.

AYSO 2J and Region 1631 Thunder and Lightning Policy

AYSO Thunder/Lightning Policy

The United States Soccer Federation (USSF) position is that if you can hear thunder you are within reach
of lightning and that referees must protect the safety of all participants by stopping game activities quickly,
so that participants and spectators may retire to a safer place before the lightning threat becomes
significant. Applying the 30-30 rule is recommended and to wait 30 minutes or more after hearing the last
thunder before leaving shelter.

The AYSO National Referee Commission position regarding severe weather states: “It is said that
lightning can strike from a clear blue sky that is within a ten mile radius of a storm. It is therefore strongly
recommended that practices and games be terminated immediately upon hearing thunder or seeing

In view of the above, the following is the position of AYSO Region 1631 regarding severe weather and is
to be instituted by coaches and referees at all practices, games and other AYSO sponsored events.
AYSO Region 1631 will not cancel entire days or remaining games due to active thunderstorms in our area as
these storms usually pass through quickly. Regardless of the weather overhead, when thunder is heard
and/or lightning is seen, suspend play and direct participants to a safe area by following the guidelines
below. Play may resume 30 minutes after the last thunder is heard, or lightning seen.

Areas considered safe
- Inside a fully enclosed metal vehicle with windows up
- Inside a substantial building (roof and four walls)
Unsafe Areas
- Small buildings including picnic shelters and the open area of a concession stand
- Anywhere near metallic objects like flagpoles, antennas, towers, underground watering systems,
soccer goals, metal bleachers, electric equipment
- Open fields, trees and water
Open area without shelter
- Avoid standing in groups
- Spread out to reduce risk
- Crouch on your feet, keep your head low
- Avoid being the tallest object
- Avoid lying on the ground
If a strike occurs to an individual
- Call 911
- If you are qualified to do so, apply First Aid or CPR immediately
- People struck by lightning do not carry an electrical charge and are safe to touch

Restarting after the All-Clear (30 minutes after the last boom is heard or strike is seen)
- Games which have completed the first half will be considered finished and the score at the time
play was suspended shall be the final score.
- Games which have completed less than one half; the referee will resume by starting the second
half, reducing the remaining time if necessary so that the match ends at the scheduled time.

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AYSO Region 1631, PO Box 486
San Jose, California 95103

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Phone : 669-247-7199
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