Tilburg University Sports Center

Pitch status and cancellations

This page shows the status of the pitches (fit/unfit for use) and is updated at 16:00 every day. The new pitches currently being laid will be added to the list shortly. If there is heavy rainfall after 16:00, it is possible that the pitch will then be declared unfit for use even when the website says otherwise. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Field inspections during the winter months

During the winter months a playing field can be declared unfit both for matches and training sessions due to bad weather conditions. In order to declare a field unfit for play the following criteria apply:

  1.  In case of snow, glaze, white frost (frosted moisture white in the morning) and frost (from -10 degrees Celsius). In all cases the field will be declared unfit for play, because otherwise the fibers of the turf will suffer damage!
  2.  In case of frost it has to be determined whether the frost is light or severe and how long it has been existing. In case of severe frost of more than 10 degrees the under layer of the field becomes very hard and springing balls make the play dangerous. In these cases the field will be declared unfit for play.
  3. In case of frost and rain/ glaze the field is dangerous and the field conditions are bad. In these cases the field will always be declared unfit for play.
  4. In case of rainfall the field will only be declared unfit for play when the field is covered with puddles of water.
  5. Should the field be declared unfit for play due to snow and glaze , it is prohibited to set foot on the field!
  6. The hardness of the under layer in case of thaw, glaze, moisture combined with frost etc , can only be assessed properly by on-site inspection. In case of thaw after a longer period of frost the field will be declared unfit for play. Although the top layer might become soft, the under layer is still hard. Training sessions can only take place once the under layer is thawed out and dry.

What to do in case of a thunderstorm?

In the event of a thunder storm none of the sports fields is safe. If a thunderstorm does occur leave the sports fields immediately. By using the “10 second rule” you can evaluate the risk of the thunderstorm. The storm is dangerously close if there is less than 10 seconds between the lightning flash and the sound of the thunder. If there is less than 3 seconds between flash and thunder than you are in the middle of the storm 

Where to take shelter?  

  • The best to take shelter is inside a building (for example: the sports café or changing rooms). Close and stay away from all doors and windows. Also stay clear of running water and definitely do not take a shower! 
  • A carport, roof or open shelter do not offer any protection. Shelters without a lightning rod our not safe.
  • A fully metal car is also a good place to take shelter. Close the doors, roof and windows. A convertible or a car made out of carbon fiber is not safe.
  •  Do not leave your shelter before there is more than 10 seconds between the thunder and the lightning. 

What if there is no shelter nearby?  

  • Stay clear of tall trees, lampposts towers, overhead power lines, open water, climbing frames and so on. Stay at least 3 meters clear of fences and make sure you are not standing near the highest point in the area.
  • Do not walk with your bicycle.
  • Do not use an umbrella.
  • You are more at risk in a group. So spread out at least 3 meters clear of each other and look for shelter.
  • Sit down in a squatting position whit our arms around your knees, hands on your ears, head as low as possible and feet together. Do not lie down on the ground! If possible find a ditch to sit in.