Fields

The WSA is provided space from the City of Westlake, Westlake Schools and St. John Medical Center. We appreciate their support and generosity of these organizations. Most maintenance is provided by the City crew or outside contractors provided by the City. All maintenance of goals is the responsibility of the WSA. If you find something needing attention at the fields, please contact us at westlakesoccerinformation@gmail.com.


Goal Safety Guidelines

It is all coaches’, parents’, and players’ responsibility to ensure the safety of all who come in contact with our equipment at the various fields we use.
WSA is a volunteer organization that needs all members’ help keeping our kids safe and the general public.

Goals are NOT TO BE MOVED anytime for any reason.

Coaches must inspect the goals each time they use a field and ensure they are properly staked with two stakes in the back holes of the goal.

If a goal does not have the proper stakes, it must be placed on its face so it can not fall over by wind or a child playing on it and contact WSA’s field director.

Every year, many injuries and even accidental deaths occur when goals are not staked or children are allowed to climb on them.

Please help us by informing us of any unsafe conditions you see at the field by emailing WSA’s Director of Fields here.


WSA Field Policy

During inclement weather coaches and officials need to be prepared for dangerous situations and be aware of the changing weather.

Any evidence of lighting and the game or practice must be suspended for 30 minutes, and all players, coaches and fans must be cleared to a safe location such as cars, safe structures, or a building.

Thunder is the first evidence that lighting is in the area. At the first sound of thunder, suspend play and start the clock. If additional lighting or thunder will cause the delay to be greater than 45 minutes, the game or practice will be called at that time.

Games that are in the first half will be rescheduled and made up. The score at that time is final for games that have already reached halftime.

Please take notice of severe weather in your area and have a plan in mind before starting any activity.

For practice, parents must stay so players have a safe place to go. Some locations have additional safety options, such as the concession stand overhang or wood picnic pavilion at the Rec Center.

St. John’s has a parking garage across from the field at the end of the parking lot, which would be very safe. School sites normally have an entranceway with an overhang that would provide good cover.

In much more severe conditions, such as a tornado, you must have a safe building to go in.

Never stand on the grass. Always stand on concrete as lighting will travel underground.

It is critical that the adults in control of the situation make good decisions for the safety of all players.

Ultimately, the official in a game setting has the call. Please help our young referees when playing in bad weather.

Each year, 80 to 100 people are killed by lightning in the US, and lightning strikes injure hundreds. Lightning strikes can travel hundreds of yards underground and cause severe injury. Buried wires that are not obvious on the surface could be right under your feet, along with metal objects such as fences, goalposts, benches, flag poles, etc.

These are very dangerous to be around in severe weather.

Keep our players, coaches, refs, and fans safe. Use good judgment.


Inclement Weather Procedures

If weather moves in after a formal decision is made to keep the fields open, the individual coach and parent decides to continue participation.

For Parents: If storms are present in the area, please do not leave your child unattended. Should storms roll in after the practice has started, the following areas may be considered an area of shelter. Please take time to educate your child on the areas.

  • Porter Fields: Convenient plaza across the street from Porter Field is a temporary shelter area
  • Rec Center: The Picnic Pavilion is a shelter from the rain. Restrooms and the Rec Center can be shelters from storms.
  • St Johns: Parking Garage

For Coaches: Should lighting be present during a Development Practice, the practice must be canceled.
Should lighting be present during a Travel Practice, the Practice should be halted for 20 minutes and then resumed, weather permitting. If lighting is present for a 2nd time, the practice will be canceled.

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