Game Reschedules at Redding Soccer Park

RYSL strongly discourages rescheduling games. If coaches must reschedule a game, it is up to the coach to coordinate with the age group coordinator and the Redding Soccer Park. Coaches will have to pay the additional field fees and if canceled within 48 hours of the original game time, will also be responsible for referee fees.

Policy on Air Quality and Practices & Games

The Redding Youth Soccer League recommends that coaches cancel all soccer practices outdoors when the Redding Air Quality Index (AQI) reaches 101 (AQI of "Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups"). Sensitive groups include people with heart or lung disease, older adults, children and teenagers. Ultimately, it will be up to each parent to decide whether to attend a practice that is not cancelled and that player should not be punished if they do not attend.

If the AQI reaches 150 or higher (Air Quality Index of "Unhealthy for All Groups") then all practices must be cancelled for the safety and welfare of RYSL players and coaches. No teams may practice outdoors or participate in games when this level is reached.

Official RYSL Source of Air Quality readings: http://www.airnow.gov

Statement on Air Quality and Practices/Games


Hello RYSL Members,

First off, we would like to thank you for your patience as our league continues to work on the best way to handle the ongoing smoke issues we are having this season. Our board has not, in recent history, had to deal with a smoke problem of this magnitude nor length and we are working on establishing an efficient protocol to handle this irregular situation.

Our official policy has historically been as follows:

Redding Youth Soccer League recommends that coaches cancel all soccer practices outdoors when the Redding Air Quality Index (AQI) reaches 101 (AQI of “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups”). Sensitive groups include people with heart or lung disease, older adults, children, and teenagers. Ultimately, it will be up to each parent to decide whether to attend a practice that is not cancelled, and that player should not be punished if they do not attend.

If the AQI reaches 150 or higher (Air Quality Index of "Unhealthy for All Groups") then all practices must be cancelled for the safety and welfare of RYSL players and coaches. No teams may practice outdoors or participate in games when this level is reached.


RYSL has always used AirNow.gov as our AQI reader; however, we have been discussing the utilization of PurpleAir as an alternative means to measure AQI (NOTE: the important measure is the PM2.5, NOT the ozone reading). A benefit of using PurpleAir is that the multiple sensors around town measure the air quality in a particular area, and as we have all seen, the smoke levels can be very different from one side of town to the other. As noted over the weekend, if you are going to use the PurpleAir.com readings, you MUST select the “Correction” dropdown in the lower left of the screen and set it to “LRAPA”. The PurpleAir sensors are “real-time” sensors in that they take a reading every 80 seconds. A gust of wind at the wrong time could skew the reading. Because of that, we ask that everyone use at least the 10 minute average (30 minute would be better). The averages can be found by clicking on the circle that containst the reading on the map.

As we have done in the past, RYSL will be leaving decision regarding whether to hold practices or not up to the coaches of each team as long as the AQI is below 150 in your practice area. If the AQI is above 150, practices must be cancelled.

Games that we host at the California Soccer Park will follow these same guidelines. We encourage coaches to work with their opposing coaches on determining if a game should be played or not based on the AQI readings at the California Soccer Park. As with practices, if the AQI exceeds 150, no games shall be played. If conditions change during the game coaches should work together and with the referee crew as appropriate. Games that are stopped to protect the player’s health will not be replayed nor restarted. Players are to be sent home immediately.

We appreciate your understanding as we, the Redding Youth Soccer League, work in partnership with the California Soccer Park (a separate entity) in figuring out the best, and safest, way to allow our kids to have fun and play soccer while still keeping their health and safety at the forefront of our decision-making. We are trying our best to find the most efficient way to make decisions and communicate those decisions with you in a timely manner. Again, our procedures have been a work-in-progress as the fires in our area continue to burn and the air quality continues to change. As fellow coaches and parents of players, we feel the same frustration. Please continue to help us make this the best season we can given the circumstances.

Sincerely,
Redding Youth Soccer League Board