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Inclement/Severe Weather Policy

Provided field conditions are safe, rugby players practice & play in the rain!

General Guidelines

    • Weather Related Cancellations
    • Severe Weather
    • Field Use

Weather Related Cancellations

Unless a club has established its own specific inclement/severe weather policy, a club generally follows the inclement weather/severe weather policy of its local school district. 

If local public schools are closed, or if school is cancelled or closes early due to severe weather, then that day's match and/or practice is cancelled.

Severe Weather

The safety of players, coaches, and spectators is paramount! 

If lightening is seen, practice/play will stop and everyone will be instructed to take appropriate safe shelter.  Practice/play may resume if no lightening has been seen for thirty (30) minutes and coaches deem it safe to do so.

At the approach of a severe storm with the potential for tornados, practice/play will stop and everyone will be instructed to take appropriate safe shelter.  Practice/play may resume when coaches deem it safe to do so.

The National Lightning Safety Institute (NLSI) website http://www.lightningsafety.com/index.html "provides a wealth of training materials, maps, photos, and factual details about lightning issues, written by both NLSI and other lightning experts."

The Virginia High School League (VHSL) LIGHTNING SAFETY page http://www.vhsl.org/sportsmed.lightning-safety provides useful information and guidelines for mitigating the lightning hazard.

Field Use

Playing fields in Virginia are in short supply and in constant use.  It is in the interests of all players, coaches, and spectators, regardless of sport or affiliation, to respect the fields and to take care of them.

If the authorities have closed a field or common sense suggests that playing on a field would likely result in damage to the field,
KEEP OFF THE FIELD!