SYSI Air Quality Guidelines
Saskatoon Youth Soccer Inc. follows the government of Canada’s Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) and we may stop play when the AQHI reaches level 7.
* People with heart or breathing problems are at greater risk. Follow your doctor's usual advice about exercising and managing your condition.
Air quality can change rapidly throughout the day or evening and SYSI determines cancellations by 4:00 PM based on current or forecast conditions. If the AQHI reaches a 7 or higher at game time, the referee may cancel the U11-U19 game and SYSI will reschedule it if less than half the U11-U19 game time has not been played.
This is also in line with Saskatchewan Soccer's Air Quality Monitoring Guidelines
(pages 28-30):U11-U19 Games
• At game time, if the AQHI is 7 or above at game time the teams involved, and the Match Official shall consider either delaying kick-off or cancelling the game.
• The Match Official reserves the final right to cancel any game if they consider it to be dangerous, regardless of AQHI scores.
• In the event the game is cancelled, the Match Official is to write on game sheet reason for abandonment with the Index calculation and time & date of the calculation
• If air quality changes dramatically during a game (e.g. sudden smoke event caused by wind direction change) Match Officials and team personnel are advised to use their discretion. Record all decisions and relevant information on the game sheet.
• U5-U9 coaches may follow the above guidelines but the games are not rescheduled by SYSI.Practices
• If air quality is 3 or below continue with training as normal.
• If air quality is an index of 4 - 6 then be prepared to adjust the practice by:
o Reducing the intensity.
o Reducing the duration of the practice.
o Providing resting periods.
• If air quality is 7 or above cancel or reschedule by association and/or team.