WET WEATHER PROCEDURE
It is assumed that fields are OPEN unless notification is specifically given by club, council or FFNC prior to scheduled fixtures or by the referee on the day at the venue, to say that they have been closed. Play should not proceed if lightning exists in the immediate vicinity of the ground. The referee has the primary authority in such instances to make this judgement.
Fields CLOSED cannot be re-opened on the same day without express approval of FFNC. This includes postponing junior fixtures in preference to senior fixtures. Fixtures CANNOT be moved to another location (or field) without specific approval from FFNC.
PROCEDURE FOR NOTIFICATION OF FIELD CLOSURE
MONDAY TO FRIDAY
► BEFORE 12.00pm (for fixtures scheduled for that day) Clubs MUST phone or email Football Far North Coast on 6625 1444 if home ground is closed
► BEFORE 12.00pm Friday (for Friday night and weekend fixtures) Clubs can phone OR e-mail Football Far North Coast on 6625 1444 if home ground is closed Football Far North Coast will advise all visiting teams, referees and the media, as well as updating the information on our website at www.footballfarnorthcoast.com.au (where possible)
► AFTER 12.00pm Mon-Fri. – (for mid-week evening fixtures) If the home club’s ground is deemed unsuitable for play after 12.00pm, the home club will be responsible for the following:
1. Advise all visiting clubs of the ground closure immediately by telephone. Refer to this publication under “Affiliated Clubs” for contact details.
2. Contact the Referee’s telephone 0434 856 992. Advice to this number will subsequently be communicated to FFNC.
If the home club’s ground is deemed unsuitable for play after 12.00pm FRIDAY, the home club will be responsible for advice to all opposition teams and to the Referee phone contact.
FITNESS OF GROUNDS
Refer “Fitness of Grounds” (Competition Regulations and Procedures (9) (e). We do NOT need to know if a field is doubtful, ONLY when it is closed.
PAYMENT TO MATCH OFFICIALS
Match Officials shall be paid at the scheduled fee by the HOME club if insufficient notification of a postponement is given.
Where a fixture is scheduled at a neutral venue the host club shall contact the Referee mobile on 0434 856 992. Both clubs will be advised by FFNC.