Nature doesn't always cooperate, but we do everything in our power to make the right call. Here's how it works.
Severe Weather Forecasted
If Fairfax County closes fields/courts, we will know around 3pm each day. If severe weather is in the forecast, we are constantly monitoring the situation throughout the day and into the evening. If we cancel games, all impacted players will receive an email notification as soon as the decision is made.
If the wind chill is 15 or below, games will be canceled and rescheduled on a later date. All impacted players will receive a cancelation email notification as soon as the official decision is made.
Weather at the Field/Court
Often, only certain fields/courts may be impacted, or the storms happen quickly near game time. In those situations, the officials at the field/court have sole discretion on playing, and will advise the league of status. In self-officiated sports, both teams will discuss the condition of the field/court to determine if it's safe and playable.
All FXA leagues adhere to Fairfax County policy regarding severe weather (thunder, lightning) which all players, coaches, managers, and officials are responsible for implementing. It is a requirement that if any individual involved with the League–including non-playing spectators–sees lightning or hears thunder, they must bring it to the officials attention immediately. EVERYONE shares in this responsibility. When a member of the officials crew sees lightning or hears thunder, or is alerted to such by a player, coach, manager, or spectator, the official will immediately suspend play for 30 minutes. Everyone MUST clear the field/court and retreat to the parking lot. Anyone who remains on the field/court after the official has ordered everyone off the field/court acknowledges that they do so at their own risk and that neither the League nor the officials crew assigned to the match can be held responsible or any injuries occurring as long as play is suspended.
At no time may an individual ask the official to ignore the lightning or thunder or insist that play be allowed to continue. The official will wait 30 minutes from the last flash of lightning or peal of thunder. Each time lightning re-appears or thunder is heard, the official MUST re-start the 30 minute clock.
For certain sports, actual game time may shortened to allow the game to play to completion on the impacted night.
If a game isn't played due to weather, it will be rescheduled for later in the season. First priority will be on the same league night, but may be on a different night of the week due to season and field limitations.
In extreme circumstances, FXA Sports does reserve the right to run a shortened season without a refund. We will make every attempt to get all regular season games played, however for every two (2) game cancellations due to weather, the season may be shortened one (1) regular season game.