Fields are updated @ 4:30pm Daily. ALL FIELDS Open June 21st @ 11:23 am
• Grassroots Fields
• Earl Grey
• Elbow Park Community Centre
• William Reid
• CMSA Game Fields
• Marda Loop Community Field
• Parkhill Community Centre
• Elbow Park School
• Bishop Carroll
RAIN OUT LINE CVFC & CITY FIELDS
U7-U12 Games are all on community-based fields and as such are controlled by the home team of each game. This means if your team is the “away” team in a game you need to check the other club’s website. The home team staff is supposed to contact the away team to advise them of field closures. All teams coaching staff contact information can be found online in CMSA goal line.
U13-U19 Games are all on City run fields and as such are controlled by the City of Calgary Rainout Line.
Our Home Club Status U7-U12: Check club Twitter account for home field status @calgaryvillains
Field Locations and Closure Info
With the outdoor season comes varying weather systems from April – to August. As a result, it is important to stay updated on the rainout lines in Calgary. Depending on if the game is on a city determined field or a club determined field there are different ways to figure out if the field is opened or closed.
U13-U19 Rain Out Line via City Ran Fields:
City Athletic Park Rain Out Online Status – Click Here or Call 403-268-2300, press 2 for fields, press 1 for closure line.
Outdoor – Club Protocol on Field Status
Step 1: Check the Field Status on the Website
Calgary Villains F.C website is updated on Weekdays by 4:30 pm and Weekends by 8:30 am with Field Status.
If the Field Status on the Website states fields is open for games and practices, Coaches and Teams are expected to show up for their scheduled games. If they are closed then proceed with cancelling your Scheduled game as outlined below.
Step 2: Field Status at Kick-off Time
The weather patterns in Calgary can change very quickly so make sure you check our club updates by 4:30 pm on weekdays and 830am on weekends. City Fields normally get updated by the same time slots. Referees at the game due have the ability to cancel the game if they deem it unsafe or unfit for play.
Step 3: Cancelling a Game – Coach Communication
Should the weather make it necessary to cancel your game and provided you are not already out at the fields, the first thing to do is contact the Coach for the Team that you’re scheduled to play. This information is found in CMSA – Goal line; please contact the coach for the team you’re scheduled to play and once you’ve agreed to cancel, proceed to contact your players. You can do this by logging on to your coach’s access through CMSA. The club will send emails for all home-field games when we cancel to our players.
Step 4: Cancelling a Game – Parents and Players
By logging into our member zone profile database with your coach’s access you can also access the contact info for the parents and players on your team. ( This is through club Convenor access on our member zone). If your club is using Connect App or Teamsnap App your can update through this platform which will email the message out to your roster.
A general email should be sent out to the team but it may be necessary to pick up the phone and call them directly to ensure they are aware the game has been cancelled. It’s always a good idea at the beginning of the season to establish how you will notify your parents and players if a game is cancelled. Let them know that if they haven’t heard from you to cancel, assume
that it’s “Game On” and head to the field.
Thunder & Lightning Rule
The safety of players, coaches, management and spectators is the primary concern in any weather event that occurs during all matches sanctioned by the CSA. By understanding and following the below information, the safety of everyone shall be greatly increased. Ultimately the referee 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. Referees are expected to act responsibly when dealing with such events during matches they are controlling.
When lightning is detected, you can determine the distance of lightning in your area by counting the number of seconds between the flash and the first sound of the thunder and dividing by five (5). This will give you the distance in miles from your location. Remember, if you are in a higher elevation, the lightning can come upon you much quicker and your reaction time is greatly hindered. 30/30 RULE When you see lightning, count the time until you hear thunder. If this time is thirty (30) seconds or less, seek proper shelter. Wait thirty (30) minutes or more after hearing the last thunder before leaving the shelter. If you cannot see the lighting, just hearing the thunder is the good back up rule.
Additional Information Please note the following recommendations from Environment Canada: The existence of a blue sky and the absence of rain are not protection from lightning. Lighting can and does strike as far as ten (10) miles away from the rain shaft. It does not have to be raining for lighting to strike. Many lightning casualties occur in the beginning, as the storm approaches because many people ignore the initial precursors of high winds, some rainfall and cloud cover. Generally, the lightning threat diminishes with time after the last sound of thunder but may persist for more than thirty (30) minutes. Lightning can strike ahead of the parent cloud – take action even if the thunderstorm is not overhead. Be aware of how close lightning is occurring. The flash-to-bang method is the easiest and most convenient way to estimate how far away lightning is occurring. Thunder always accompanies lightning, even though its audible range can be diminished due to background noise in the immediate environment and its distance from the observer. Lightning awareness should be increased with the first flash of lightning or the first clap of thunder, no matter how far away. This activity must be treated as a wake-up call to all. The most important aspect to monitor is how far away the lightning is occurring, and how fast the storm is approaching, relative to the distance of a safe shelter. Recognize that personal observation of lightning may not be sufficient. Additional weather information may be required to ensure consistency, accuracy and adequate advance warning.
We also update our Twitter, Instagram and Facebook account with field status updates, so please also check @calgaryvillains