Closing the Fields

CLOSING THE FIELDS

The decision to open or close fields is made by Mantua Twp Soccer Association (MTSA), in consultation with Mantua Twp officials.

Every effort is made to update the fields status on the web site (mantuasoccer.com), Facebook (like Mantua Twp Soccer), and Text Message Alert (register on manatuasoccer.com) as needed, by 3 pm on weekdays and by 7 am on weekends. The status posted on our website using these methods will remain in effect until a new status is posted. In other words, if the status is updated announcing that fields are open, they will remain open until the status message is changed.

The decision to open or close fields is not necessarily based on the weather at any given moment, but rather on the condition of the fields themselves. After heavy or extended periods of rain, many grass fields often need hours or even days to dry out and become playable. Conversely, there may be occasions when fields will remain open even if it has begun raining, because the fields are not saturated with water.

The primary consideration for closing a field is player safety; playing soccer on a field that is muddy and saturated with water is dangerous and poses real risks of injury.

The secondary reason for closing a field is preservation of the playing surfaces; it only takes a few minutes to do serious damage to a field that is wet and slippery–and it can take weeks or months for a field to recover from such damage.

Typically, the decision to open or close fields is only made once during a day (by 3 pm weekdays and 7 am on weekends). If field conditions worsen after the decision has been posted, it is incumbent upon coaches (or referees, if the activity is a game) to cancel any on-field activities. It’s not at all unusual for field conditions to be fine at 3 pm when the decision is made to keep fields open, and then have heavy rains making fields unplayable later that same day. In such an event, coaches and/or referees are expected to use common sense and cancel on-field activities.

For games, whether recreational or organized league games, the referee has the authority to postpone a game in progress or before it has started based on field conditions, no matter what fields status has been posted earlier that day. However, no one–including referees– has the authority to open a soccer field that has been closed, other than designated Mantua Twp Soccer Association and Mantua Twp officials.

Thank you,
Mantua Twp Soccer Assoication Board