Practices & Fields

SSC Shadow premier teams practice at:

  • Dwight Merkel Sports Complex (5034 N. Assembly Street, Spokane, 99205)
  • Plantes Ferry Park (12308 E. Upriver Drive, Spokane Valley, 99206)
  • Craven’s Coffee Warehouse (115 N. Magnolia Street, Spokane, 99202)

Merkel fields are allocated by the Spokane Park and Recreation Department.  Plantes Ferry is owned by Spokane County and managed by Spokane Valley Junior Soccer Association.

SSC Shadow practices are scheduled by the Club coaching staff, not by the teams.  Your assistance will be needed throughout the year to forward out practice schedules. 

SSC Shadow promotes an open practice policy where players may practice with other teams, in addition to their own.  Team managers are not asked to coordinate this process, but are simply to be aware that this is a part of the club’s focus on player development.  Occasionally a player from outside the club will be allowed to practice with our teams and will pay a fee to do so.  This is coordinated by the coach, not the team manager.

Field rental fees have been established for the club and are collected through the SSC Shadow online registration process.

Snow Removal and Winter Weather Policy 
Our teams play year ‘round.  Our Regional Club League plays through the winter months and the State Cups we participate in begin (high school aged boys) in January.

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.

In order to work within the guidelines and get fields into playable conditions, we need many volunteers from ALL Spokane Sounders/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.  Review Travel Policy here.

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.

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