For Questions about Game Cancellations:
FXA Hotline: 703-382-9111, Option 20
*Please make sure to call the Hotline 15 Minutes prior to your scheduled gametime for updated status.
Fairfax County Field Closures: 703-324-5264
Fairfax County Athletic Field Closure Status Website
FXA Lightning and Thunder Policy
At the first sound of thunder or the first sign of lightning, all coaches, players, referees and spectators are to withdraw from the field and seek proper shelter.
No place outside is safe near thunderstorms. The best shelter is a large, fully enclosed, substantially constructed building. A vehicle with a solid metal roof and metal sides is a reasonable second choice.
Wait at least 20 minutes after the last sound of thunder or the last lightning flash before giving the “all clear” signal and resuming normal activity. If thunder is heard or lightning is seen again within that 20-minute time frame, all activities shall be cancelled for that time frame.
Any new activities that follow shall have to repeat this same policy before starting.
Lightning research has confirmed that consecutive lightning strikes can occur as much as six miles apart. People often do not perceive lightning to be close if it is two miles or more away, but the risk of the next strike being at your location may actually be very high.
Many lightning casualties occur in the beginning as a thunderstorm approaches because people ignore these precursors. When thunderstorms are in the area but not overhead, the lightning threat can exist even if it is sunny at your location.
No Lightning/Thunder Safety Policy can give 100% Guaranteed Total Safety but these steps will help try to avoid casualties by taking evasive action.