The Sport Information Resource Centre
The Sport Information Resource Centre
Rear view of a spectator with an umbrella watching a soccer match from the sideline.

Weather policies, such as heat, lightning, or air quality policies, help to identify safe conditions for sport and play. Typically, these include thresholds for what is considered safe, and a pre-determined action at each threshold (e.g., “at X air quality index rating, practices and games must be moved indoors or postponed”). Having a weather policy in place can alleviate decision-making stress and allows coaches and other decision-makers to act quickly when needed.