On Saturday and Sunday the met office have issued a yellow warning in regard to high winds for East Midlands, East of England, London and the South-East between 10.00 on Saturday 15th February and 22.00 the following day.
Our advice is safety of your team, your opposition and your umpires is paramount. Each club will know their pitch, their pitch surroundings, any damage caused by the winds last week (or how far goals and dug outs were blown during last weeks winds), the distance your opposition and umpires have to both travel to the game and from the game.
The East League Management Committee have no objections at all if clubs believe the risks are too high and you decide to postpone your games sooner rather than later, similarly if you are scheduled to play a local derby and the two teams decide a wait and see approach is best for them we are happy.
We are already aware of some school pitch providers who have withdrawn the pitch on safety grounds and we respect their early action.
If you do postpone the game we expect the following to happen:
- Opposing clubs and Pool appointed umpires are contacted
- You should notify your League Manager that the game has been postponed
- Clubs shall ensure that the process of re-organising the date and time of the date the game shall be replayed shall take place within the 14 day timeframe (best practice says that the home club should offer 2 dates and the Away Fixture Secretary should organise the date and tell the captains, rather than wait for captains to let you know if they can get a team together. If there is a dispute contact your League Manager at the earliest opportunity
- If you have Pool Appointed umpires ensure you tell the Pool Appointments Secretary the date of the re-arranged game
- Update the League website
Yellow warning of wind Areas affected:
East Midlands | East of England | London & South East England | North East England | North West England | South West England | Wales | West Midlands | Yorkshire & Humber
Starts: 10:00 GMT on Sat 15 FebruaryEnds: 23:59 GMT on Sun 16 February Storm Dennis will bring strong winds over the weekend. Some disruption to travel is likely across parts of England and Wales.
- Some delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport are likely
- Delays for high-sided vehicles on exposed routes and bridges likely
- Some short term loss of power and other services is possible
- It's likely that some coastal routes, sea fronts and coastal communities are affected by spray and/or large waves