Weather Policy

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, 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.

Weather at the Field

Often, only certain fields may be impacted, or the storms happen quickly near game time. In those situations, the officials at the field have sole discretion on playing, and will advise the league of status.

All FXA leagues adhere to Fairfax County policy regarding severe weather (thunder, lightning) which all players, coaches, managers, and referees 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 referee’s attention immediately. EVERYONE shares in this responsibility. When a member of the referee crew sees lightning or hears thunder, or is alerted to such by a player, coach, manager, or spectator, the referee will immediately suspend play for 30 minutes. Everyone MUST clear the field and retreat to the parking lot. Anyone who remains on the field after the referee has ordered everyone off the field acknowledges that they do so at their own risk and that neither the League nor the referee 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 referee to ignore the lightning or thunder or insist that play be allowed to continue. The referee will wait 30 minutes from the last flash of lightning or peal of thunder. Each time lightning re-appears or thunder is heard, the referee 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.

Reschedules

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.