Field conditions are monitored differently depending on the day of the week.
On weekdays, the Town of Arlington monitors and decides which fields are playable. There are 2 daily deadlines. For school sports decisions are usually made no later than 1:00pm. For club sports, decisions are made by 3:00pm whenever possible. You can also get real-time updates from the town, please register for Field Conditions Notifications. You can also check on the latest field conditions on the Town of Arlington Website.
On weekends, the Arlington Soccer Club makes the decisions about field closures. We strive to add notifications to the front page of this website:
- Before 7:30 AM, if morning games are cancelled
- Before 10:30 AM, if afternoon games are cancelled
A Note from our ASC President concerning field closings
It has come to my attention that some coaches and parents feel we are being too conservative with the decisions we make in closing fields. Well….you’re right! We are will continue to be conservative with our field closure policies in an effort to do the best we can to protect our playing fields.
We base our decisions on “field conditions” not weather conditions. It is possible for it to be a nice sunny day after a storm, and still have the fields closed with puddles and soft spots. We also try to make the decisions as early as possible in the day to not have people waiting all day just to find out their game has been cancelled, and we have to take into consideration that some of our travel teams come from as far as Attleboro, and need to know before they leave.
Our policy is to make a decision before 7:30am for morning games, and by 10:30am for afternoon games if we think there is a chance for improvement.
You also need to know, and I believe this was stated at our coaches meeting, that the ASC has the final say on our fields over the weekend. That means even if the town website says the fields are open, and our hotline lists them as closed, they are closed for soccer for the day! The reverse is true as well. We are held responsible for any damage we do to fields by playing on them, and I would rather cancel a few games then get a bill from the town for thousands of dollars of field repairs. Coaches may NOT take it upon themselves to change these decisions and play games on closed fields.
Let’s all just relax, and get in as many games and practices as possible and have fun!