SSC Shadow Select teams practice at a variety of fields in Spokane and Spokane Valley. Fields are allocated by either public or private schools, Spokane County Park & Recreation or the Spokane Park and Recreation Department. They are scheduled by the Greater Spokane Youth Soccer Association.
Snow Removal and Winter Weather Policy
SSC Shadow practices are scheduled by the Team Coaches, not by the Team Managers. Your assistance will be needed throughout the year to forward out practice schedules.
SSC Shadow is excited about the memories created while playing this great sport. Some memories will be about what happened on the field and some will be what happened off of the field…and some will be about what we did to the field.
Our teams play year ‘round. We have earned the right to do so. Our Regional Club League plays through the winter months and the State Cups we participate in begin (high school aged boys) in January. To provide the best possible opportunities for our players, we need the help of all. The alternative choices are not ones we want to make:
Give away our home games; or, not compete.
The City of Spokane Park and Recreation Department has adopted a snow removal policy. When snow falls on the turf fields at Dwight Merkel Sports Complex (DMC), Park and Recreation staff will remove snow until Friday evening to a level of 3/4”. Any snow that falls and accumulates from Friday evening until game times on Saturdays or Sundays, must be removed by members of our club one hour prior to the start of the first game. Snow may only be removed by plastic shovels and wheelbarrows, not snowblowers or plows, per SPRD policy.
Joe Albi Stadium is a separate facility altogether. Because of the number of teams we now have competing during winter months, it is necessary that we have more than 2 fields at our disposal. Albi Stadium, per school district policy, does not allow the snow to be removed by the City’s equipment, so it can only be done by hand and with plastic shovels and wheelbarrows. This will be the Club’s responsibility. It may be that your team plays at DMC, while another plays at Albi. We still need ALL teams that are home to help remove snow from there because each team needs a place to play. For example, if a team were to be bumped out of Albi that could mean your team gets bumped off of DMC. One affects the other, so we all need to help.
We may need to clear Albi a week prior to playing as if the snow sits in the stadium and we get a thaw and then a freeze, we are going to have heavy work on our hands to make the field playable.
In order to work within the guidelines and get fields into playable conditions, we need many volunteers from ALL SSC Shadow premier teams hosting home games that weekend to help clear fields. However, we must all understand that we are one. As such, even if you are not playing at home on a particular weekend but you are available to help, we would ask that you would. If games get cancelled because a field is not playable, it gets rescheduled. This in turn could affect others on another weekend. We are all affected by one another; we must see this as a good thing. It is what makes a community function. It also makes a community come closer together; our club is one of our communities, so if you can help, please do so. In the end, remember the cause: helping players (children) play, which brings all kinds of positive things: fitness, activity, learning, camaraderie, etc.
SSC Shadow Field Clearing Procedure:
If snow has fallen after fields have been cleared by Friday night, SSC Shadow coaching staff will evaluate field conditions at 7 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday game days. If snow removal is needed, staff will immediately call and text message the coaches and managers hosting home games letting them know field clearing volunteers are needed.
Coaches and managers will text and e-mail players and parents from their team, letting them know their help is needed to clear fields, beginning at 8 a.m. It is imperative that each team bring their own plastic shovels and wheelbarrows. Many hands make light work!
As snow falls during the game, SSC Shadow teams playing will be responsible before and at half time to help keep the lines viewable.
Winter Weather Policy:
For home and away games, SSC Shadow follows the Washington Youth Soccer Travel Policy for guidance on inclement weather and unplayable fields.
For team practices held on days with inclement weather, SSC Shadow will follow these guidelines:
* If Spokane School District 81 has been closed for the day, all SSC Shadow practices within their school boundaries will be cancelled.
* If Central Valley School District has been closed for the day, all SSC Shadow practices within their school boundaries will be cancelled.
* If school is in session, but inclement weather has arrived during the day, SSC Shadow will make decisions by 2p.m. about whether or not practices will be held that evening. Parents and players will be contacted by e-mail from their coach or manager IF practice is cancelled. Assume practice is “on” unless you are notified otherwise by e-mail prior to 2p.m.
* Safety first! Because SSC Shadow welcomes members from throughout Eastern Washington and North Idaho, we encourage players and parents to put safety first when it comes to driving distances to and from practices and games during periods of inclement weather. If you feel roads are unsafe for travel, please stay home.