Heat Advisory Policy
14.12 Heat Advisory Policy
In the event of a heat advisory (as issued by Environment Canada) it is
MANDATORY for match officials to provide water breaks as follows:
1. At the midway point of each half.
2. Provide a 60 second break.
3. Game clock is stopped during mandated water breaks.
This is MANDATORY for player safety and cannot be ignored.
If a heat advisory
has not been issued and team officials are seeking water breaks, the request to
the match official should occur prior to the game. These water breaks will be
permitted at the discretion of the referee.
The safety of players, coaches, management and spectators is the primary
concern in any weather event that occurs during all matches sanctioned by
Southwest Soccer. The Match Official has the final say over delaying or restarting a match
due to weather. Waiting to stop play or not waiting to start play may result in a
serious injury or loss of life. Match Officials are expected to act responsibly when
dealing with such events during matches they are controlling.