All games are to be played regardless of the weather. Decisions to close fields or not play well
typically occur at 3:00 pm.
If the league does not cancel the game by 3:00 pm you are scheduled to play. Referees will
show and expect to be paid for a game. If at game time the conditions are bad, a referee
will make the call. All the games cancelled by the league will be rescheduled by the league.
Both coaches will be contacted in a group email/text to work out a new date.
Any game cancellations before 3 pm will be sent out via text message to coaches.
Any weather cancellations after 3 pm will be made at the field.
Just because a state U9-19 game field has been closed, does not mean the Academy games
have been cancelled.
Lightning within 10 miles warrants removal to a safe location until the lightning passes.
Use Weather Bug Sparks app in conjunction with the referee on the field to determine
playability. Visit the Website below or download the app.
To help ensure the health and safety of young athletes, CDC developed the HEADS UP Concussion in Youth Sports initiative to offer information about concussions to coaches, parents, and athletes involved in youth sports.
The HEADS UP initiative provides important information on preventing, recognizing, and responding to a concussion. All coaches must complete this training prior to coaching.
Within Junior Premier League all coaches and team managers must complete SafeSport Training. This is currently executed through our governing body and must be completed yearly. The online training covers the following subjects: sexual abuse, hazing, bullying, emotional misconduct, physical misconduct, harassment (non-sexual) as well as reporting obligations
Junior Premier League requires background screening of all Adult coaches, team managers and administrators. This is currently done through the governing body of the Junior Premier League Pre-Academy Programme and is conducted on regular intervals to help ensure the safety of our youth.
Child Welfare Information Gateway – offers tools, training resources and programs to raise awareness and reduce risk. The site contains a searchable database of state statutes.
For parents, here are specific questions to ask your child’s coach, your child’s club and your child’s sports camp.
“Safer, Smarter Kids” – of Lauren’s Kids – creates abuse prevention education for elementary-aged children. Here is a parent toolkit that encourages conversations between parents and children by leading families through sample scenarios
ChildHelp.org operates a 24-hour national child abuse hotline, as well as programs for prevention, intervention and treatment.