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Inclement Weather Policy

The Association does not want to put any Coach, Player, or Parent in a situation where they do not feel safe driving to a game or practice. Decisions to drive in inclement weather are the responsibility of the parent/guardian. If you do not feel it is safe to drive, then do not drive. If you are not going to attend a game or practice due to inclement weather, please notify your Team Manager. The rule of thumb as to whether a game or practice is cancelled is determined if the rink you are traveling to is open or closed. If the rink is open then the game or practice is still scheduled to happen. 

Under NO circumstances will a coach cancel a game due to inclement weather. The final decision to play or not is the responsibility of the LRYHA scheduler and the opponent’s scheduler. No coach will contact an opposing team's coach or scheduler to cancel a game. If certain procedures are not followed in canceling a game our Association can be subjected to pay a hefty fine to the other Association. This includes All League, Tournament, and Non-Conference games. All scheduling changes need to be done through the scheduler who will contact the opposing team's scheduler. Remember that it might be bad weather in our location, but the rink that your team is traveling to, the weather might just be fine.

The cost of ice for all Associations is quite significant, so all efforts will be made to play a game on its scheduled date regardless of the inclement weather. The Association suggests that you should allow for additional time to travel to a game in inclement weather.

The process for communicating if a game has been cancelled due to inclement weather by the LRYHA Scheduler will be the following:
 

  1. The LRYHA scheduler will contact the Team Manager of the team for which the game has been cancelled. It will be the responsibility of the Team Manager to contact his/her players to inform them of the cancellation.
  2. If possible, there will be a message posted on the front page of the LRYHA Website with games or practices that have been cancelled.
  3. If possible, an email will go out to all of the team members that the scheduler has an email address for in the website, to notify them of the cancellation.
  4. Please do not contact the scheduler directly if you are not the Team Manager of the team to request a game to be cancelled due to inclement weather.