Concussions, Weather and Other Safety Concerns

Temporary Directives

The Walker Recreation Department has circulated a "Walker Recreation Stay Safe Guidelines" which provides some additional health safety guidance for players, coaches, and spectators at soccer events. Mainly:

  • No team snacks/drinks (players may bring their own, but may not share).
  • No handshakes, high fives, etc. (non-contact post-game congratulations lineups are alright; wish good game 6 feet apart).

View the original document as a pdf or view the online version.

Concussion Safety

Michigan sports concussion law requires all coaches, employees, volunteers, and other adults involved with a youth athletic activity to complete a concussion awareness on-line training program.

Instructions for Coaches and Officials

Step 1 Download and print the Head’s Up Youth Sports Clipboard Sticker.
Step 2 Take the on-line training course. You will need about 40-60 minutes for this.
Step 3 Print your certificate of completion from the on-line training course and deliver it to the Walker Recreation Department in the Ice and Fitness Center. You can do this in person, by mail or by email.

Note: Once the Walker Recreation Department has your certificate on file, you will not have to repeat this process when working in future seasons. You will only ever need to do this once.

Weather Safety

Severe Weather Cancellations

Because severe weather dangers can emerge so suddenly, there may not be time to post cancellations to this website or to update the hotline recording. Walker Recreation requires that coaches cancel practices in the event of visible lightning, a severe thunderstorm warning, or any tornado advisory (either a watch or a warning). Games are also canceled if the National Weather Service issues such an alert affecting Kent County, or if visible lightning is observed at the fields.

Severe Weather Alerts:
This website does not post severe weather alerts!

Because this website does not post severe weather alerts, please rely upon official communications channels for more immediate access to that kind of information. Here are some helpful resources (links):

Field Condition Cancellations

Sometimes, cancellations can be made before scheduled games are played because we know in advance that a certain field cannot be used (e.g., due to flooding or ponding of water). In those situations, we can post a notice on this website and update the cancellation hotline (616-791-6206). The Recreation Department will also contact coaches if their games are canceled in advance, so that the coaches can in turn call their players and parents.