Severe Weather Policy
The severe weather policy of South Dakota Junior Football Inc consists of two sections. The first section addresses practice time conditions at various park locations in and around Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The second addresses game day and equipment hand out conditions at the South Dakota Junior Football Game Fields and Riverdale Park.
General Practice Rules
Practice time conditions are addressed in the following portion of our League Rules and Regulations; General Practice Rules, paragraph two, as follows:
There will be NO practices on days when the temperature has reached 95 degrees at any time or the heat index has reached 100 degrees, or whenever the weather is unfavorable for practice (lightning in area). Questions should be directed to the league voice mail system at 334-3140. This system is limited and should only be used by the Head Coach. All coaches, parents, and players can access our web site at www.SDJuniorFootball.com.
Players should be allowed water freely. Player safety should be a priority in dealing with weather concerns.
Medical authorization to participate after a diagnosed injury or illness must be obtained and retained by the coach.
All practice locations must be approved by the Board of Directors.
Our Rules and Regulations are reviewed with all coaches at a coaches meeting prior to the start of our preseason practices. Our teams practice in parks all over the city of Sioux Falls and towns in the surrounding area. During practice time within our temperature guidelines, the decision on postponing or ending practice is ultimately each coaches. Good judgment should be applied in assessing the current weather conditions at the practice site.
Game time weather and field conditions at the South Dakota Junior Football Game Fields are monitored by the Board of Directors of South Dakota Junior Football Inc. The Board of Directors, through the President, have the authority to cancel games prior to two hours before the first scheduled game of the day due to severe weather, threat of severe weather, or dangerous or unsuitable field conditions. A message will be placed on the league's phone system, the league web site, and local radio and television stations. As time allows, every effort will be made to contact all team head coaches to inform them of the game cancellations.
A representative of the Board of Directors is present at all games. On game days, when the teams are present at the South Dakota Junior Football Game Fields, the representative(s) on site will monitor weather conditions. In the event of sudden weather changes, a horn will sound. A long, continuous horn sounding will indicate that all games are postponed for that day and will be rescheduled. A series of short, rapid horn sounds will indicate that a delay of 20 minutes is being instituted. All players and coaches should leave the field immediately and return when the delay is over. Information on rescheduling of any postponed games will be provided to coaches at a later time.
Player and fan safety is the number one concern given to all severe weather decisions. The time factor, 15 to 30 minutes, to evacuate the Sanford Sports Complex and the South Dakota Junior Football Game Fields is a major concern when fast approaching, unexpected weather comes upon us on game days. This time factor will be accounted for in the decision of what time is appropriate to cancel or postpone games.
This policy is reviewed annually by our Board of Directors and presented and discussed with all coaches prior to the start of each season.