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Rainout Protocol

Why does SportsLink
call rainouts and other disasters like they do??!?!?!?!?

It’s sunny and nice out!  Why are we cancelled?!
There’s a big storm that’s supposed to hit us at 7:29 pm!  Why are we still scheduled to play?!

We all know that weather can be hard to predict accurately.  Over the years, we have seen a lot of weather and other issues that may have people on edge as to whether they are playing or not.

1 – We never cancel games for the THREAT of weather or events.
2 – We don’t have complete control over any venue and the owners/operators of these venues may close the fields even when you or we think it is playable.   We can’t make them change that decision.
– CharMeck Parks and Rec controls most fields we play on.
– OrthoCarolina, STAX, and Granite St are privately owned (not by us!).
– The SandBox occasionally has to be worked around VBGB.
3 – TURF fields (Revolution, Granite, Ortho) rarely close.  Nearby lightning may cause a delay, not always a cancellation of the night.
4 – Some weather doesn’t actually HAPPEN until game time.  We again don’t cancel for the THREAT of weather.
5 –  A lot of weather passes quickly or avoids the fields.  We are usually watching radar to see if it will pass.
6 – Charlotte is big.  Like real big.  Just because it is raining where you are doesn’t mean it is raining at the field.
7 – Parks and Rec shuts down their fields by 4:30 pm on weekdays.  We usually wait to see if they are going to close them or not.  After that, it’s our decision and we usually decide to play unless it is too dangerous to play.   And a lot of times, it isn’t too bad until later in the night.
8 – We aren’t forcing you to play.  If you feel like you can’t get to the field or it is too dangerous to play, by all means let your captain know.    A lot of people like to play in a little bit of rain.

TEMPERATURE PROTOCOL…WHAT IS TOO COLD??!?!?!?!?

Below are the SportsLink Temperature general guidelines, not strict standards.
Once your sport gets to these temps, we are likely to call your game.  Situations may arise in which we feel that games are still playable even at these temps.
Forecasts can change, so this will also more than likely be a “day-of-decision”.
Games that are currently playing when the temp drops, will finish out the game. 


SPORT DRY Temp (degrees) Wet Temp (degrees)
Football  32 32
Kickball 32 32
Sand Volleyball 36 32
Soccer 20 32
Softball 40 32
Ultimate 32 32