The temperatures forecasted this weekend says, "HOT!". We wanted to make sure we communicate effectively to keep everyone safe. Our games will continue as scheduled. We have posted information on our website and will be posting it on Facebook regarding everyones responsibilities to keep our children safe.
As a referee, you are in charge and control the game. We require that you take regular water breaks throughout the entire game. You do not need to wait for the quarter break or half time to take a break. We would recommend that you take regular water breaks every 5 to 10 minutes. Make sure each player, despite their opinion, take a walk off the field into shade to take a drink. Please allow parents and coaches to walk on the field during breaks to hold umbrellas over the players while giving the water. Also, please do not extend the game length for these water breaks. It is not necessary in this heat. We also want you to keep an eye out for heat exhaustion and heat stroke. It's important the we watch for the signs.
Referees, please take care of yourself. Drink plenty of water before, during, and after the game. Free water is at the referee tent. Wear sunscreen and a hat to protect your skin. During breaks, stand in the shade with the players. It's important!
Everyone, please get out and sign up to referee games this weekend. We currently have over 50% of you not signed up for any games. We still have 20 matches with open spaces. Its important to help protect each other by not allowing each other to referee too many games. When everyone does not sign up, too many of us step any and cover two or three games. This weekend is too hot to do that. The link to help is below.
We want to personally thank each and every one of you for stepping up each week and for helping out this Saturday when everyone needs each other.