At the field, the decision to stop, suspend or terminate a game lies exclusively with the referee regarding any severe weather conditions.

Once a referee suspends the game because of thunder/lightning, all participants are to move away from the fields and into a storm shelter or vehicle.

Referees are reminded to keep participants away from the field and not to restart the game until at least 30 minutes following the last detectable thunder or lightning. Coaches should support and assist referees with this. 

Reschedules due to Weather-related Cancellations / Field Closures

You may also need to re-schedule a game if your game is canceled due to a Field closure or because the referee called it at the field due to unsafe weather conditions. The same procedure is used for re-scheduling these games.


In the event of inclement weather and where the Madison Parks have not been closed, the coaches may decide to cancel/re-schedule a game. Resched­ules are by mutual agree­ment between coaches. If there is a con­flict over a field between a resched­uled game and a prac­tice, the game takes precedence.

6U(Kinde) - 8U Coaches should make a deter­mi­na­tion as early as pos­si­ble, but it should be on the day of the match as to whether recent or cur­rent weather con­di­tions war­rant can­celing the game. This allows both coaches ample oppor­tu­nity to notify all play­ers and parents - it also accounts for when the forecasted weather doesn't actually materialize! 

If you are unable to connect with your opponent, your team must show up at the game!


Games are only canceled by the League or by Referees. Teams cannot choose not to play.

In the event of inclement weather and Madison Parks have not been closed, your team is expected to play their game. You do not have the authority to cancel your game for this age group.

If Madison Parks has closed their fields (which happens if the fields are deemed "unplayable") you will receive an email from the Club or the League informing you that your game has been canceled and will need to be rescheduled. Sometimes the League will reschedule the whole days' worth of games to an alternate day. Other times you will be directed to re-schedule it using the Alliance Re-scheduling procedure (detailed on the next tab). 

"Day of the Game" determinations as to whether to cancel a game is the responsibility of the Referee for the particular game. If you are at the field and conditions worsen, please make sure you are familiar with the rules related to Thunder and Lightning.


Do not can­cel a game the day before based upon the forecast of bad weather

If the weather has made the fields unplayable, the owner of the fields will close them. You will receive a message from the League and/or the Club informing you of all field closures that affect you.  If you have an away game that is in the outlying area, it is a good practice to contact the coaches or managers of that team (ahead of time) to check in with them. 

MAYSA covers a fairly large geographical area, so MAYSA does not mon­i­tor the con­di­tions of all the fields. It is up to the individual clubs to monitor their fields and make the decision to close them when conditions warrant closure. 

Madison Parks - will make the decision to close Madison Parks (if they close, they will notify all permit holders who will then notify the teams). 

MAYSA will make the decision to close Reddan. If MAYSA closes Reddan, MAYSA will notify coaches and man­agers by e-mail; the coaches/managers then notify their teams.

The field coordinators for the various clubs make the decision vis a vis their parks and then notify their teams. If you have an away game, you should contact your opponent the night before the game to see what they know about their fields.

For MAYSA leagues, after 7am on the day of the game, the deci­sion to can­cel a match rests with the referee.

Most fields are closed very early in the morning if they are going to be closed for the whole day. If the field is playable in the morning when the club checks them, then the decision switches to a field decision which is made by the referee at the time of the game. 

Once the game has started, the deci­sion to stop play rests solely with the ref­eree. If the game is called prior to half time, the game is to be re-played in its entirety. If the game is called at half­time or any point there­after, the game is con­sid­ered a com­plete game and the final score stands.

MAYSA strongly dis­cour­ages any game be can­celled due to antic­i­pated weather conditions.

Please see the Sched­ul­ing Poli­cies page at for details on resched­ul­ing a MAYSA league game. **you will need to click on the GAME DAY RULES Tab, halfway down the page.