Serving the Mount Vernon, Fort Hunt, Lorton and South County communities since 1990.

Cold Weather Policy

The following policy will be followed by all members of Gunston Soccer Club. Cold weather is defined as any temperature that can negatively affect the body’s regulatory system. It is important to remember that temperatures do not have to be freezing to have this effect. Individuals engaged in sports activities in cold, wet or windy conditions are at risk for environmental cold injuries.




Low Risk

40ºF & above


  All age groups are allowed to participate outside in all conditions

  Players wear appropriate clothing - Coaches use common sense with weather



30ºF - 40ºF

Rules:  All age groups are allowed to participate outside
 - Players must have pants and jacket on to begin training - U5-U12 Must keep jacket and pants on through training - U13 and above may use their discretion when training

  All players have hats and gloves

High Risk

15ºF - 30ºF

  U5-U12 may not train outside - U13 and above must have jacket and pants on to train - All players must have hats and gloves - Outside Activities no longer than 1 hour

Recommendations:  Provide Re-Warming Facilities



15ºF or below

  No Outdoor Activities

Weather & Lightening Policy


Office of Safety and Security Fact Sheet
Coaches and sports officials, physical education teachers, playground monitors, and school administrators must recognize the hazard posed by lightning and be prepared to implement procedures intended to minimize the risk of serious injury or death during outdoor activities. Suspension and resumption of activities should be planned in advance. The following guidelines are offered to facilitate the development of an event or site-specific lightning safety program:
• Determine the closest safe structures in advance of any activity. Safe structures include the nearest school building, a complete enclosure, or a fully enclosed metal vehicle with windows tightly closed. Press boxes, sheds, storage buildings, or dugouts will not provide adequate protection.
• When thunder is heard, or a cloud-to-ground lightning bolt is seen, the thunderstorm is close enough to strike your location with lightning. Suspend outdoor activities and seek shelter immediately.
• Select a distinctive, recognizable method to announce or signal the lightning warning and clear-the-area order, such as blasts of a whistle, public address announcement and a shouted command.
• Estimate the amount of time required to safely evacuate, at a comfortable pace, to the designated shelter(s). Remember that lightning may strike as many as 10 miles from the rain that may accompany a thunderstorm. Given the different distances to shelter, the number of people present, and the variation in mobility of the people seeking shelter, suspend activities at the first sound of thunder or upon seeing a cloud-to-ground lightning strike.
• Prior to athletic events, the athletic administrator or game manager must make sure that visiting coaches, school administrators, and officials are informed of the lightning safety guidelines in effect at the facility.
• Inform participants and spectators when a thunderstorm watch is in effect. Tell them that play will be suspended as lightning approaches, what the clear-the-area signal is, where to go for safe shelter, and what routes to take as they evacuate the area. Prior to outdoor competitions, this should include a formal announcement over the public address system.
• Designate one person who is responsible for monitoring the weather foreca
sts, watching for lightning and listening for thunder. The use of an inexpensive radio tuned to the all-weather or all-news radio station is recommended (bursts of static on the radio indicate lightning in the area). This person should have the authority to order that the clear-the-area signal be given or be in constant contact with the person who does have the authority.

• Wait a minimum of 30 minutes from the last nearby lightning strike before resuming activities. Any subsequent thunder or lightning after the 30-minute count has started resets the clock and another 30-minute count begins. 

National Lightning Safety Institute, 303-666-8817 or
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Weather Service,

When thunder is heard and/or cloud-to-ground lightning is seen, immediate defensive action must be taken as participants and spectators are in immediate danger. The “clear-the-area signal” should be given as soon as thunder is heard or cloud-to-ground lightning is seen, especially when children or a large number of spectators are at risk.

If you need assistance, call the safety section at 571-423-2010.

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Gunston Soccer Club
9435 Lorton Market Street #252
Lorton, Virginia 22079
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please contact Ruben Bolognesi