PORT Macquarie Senior Oztag Association president Greg Smith simply didn't want to add to the potential chaos.
This week's juniors, mens and mixed social fixtures in Port Macquarie have been cancelled due to the bushfire emergency currently gripping the Mid-North Coast.
Touch football, basketball, futsal, hockey and cricket have also made - or look likely to make - the same decision to give everyone the week off.
"It's unchartered territory for us," Smith said.
"We contacted national parks and they said their recommendation from area health is that people stayed indoors.
"It's too dangerous to play in this type of smoke when you have people running around sucking it into their lungs."
The only other experience the association has had was during their winter competition when a couple of weeks had to be cancelled when the Lindfield Park Road fire first started.
But it was not only the surrounding bushfires and smoke that forced Smith's hand to cancel this week's competition.
"The other factor was that the Oxley Highway closed last night and didn't open again until 8am this morning so if that closed again we'd be pushing all the traffic down Hastings River Drive," he said.
"The last thing people who are trying to get home from work need is us creating extra traffic; a game of oztag doesn't compare to people trying to get home to protect their property."
Ultimately, it was an easy decision to make.
"Mum and dad's have enough on their plate this week without having to worry about transporting kids to sport of an afternoon," Smith said.
"It was a pretty easy decision for us to make; all you have to do is make a pros and cons list.
"Player safety is a high priority so it was an easy decision for us to can it for a week."
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