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Storm & Lighting Policies


Storms & Lighting Policy

In circumstances where lightning flashes are seen or thunder is heard within the immediate vicinity of the soccer field, the coach/referee shall suspend the practice/game and require all players, coaches, and spectators to leave the field and seek safe shelter.

 *Activities are to be postponed 30 minutes after every lightning strike or thunder.

* Practices and games shall not be restarted until 30 minutes after the last bolt of lightning has been seen or thunder is heard in the vicinity of the soccer field, and provided the field is in a safe and playable condition.

Question: Why leave the fields if I only hear thunder but don’t see any lightning?

According to US Youth Soccer:

Each year, about 400 children and adults in the U.S. are struck by lightning while working outside, at sports events, on the beach, mountain climbing, mowing the lawn or during other outdoor activities. About 80 people are killed and several hundred more are left to cope with permanent disabilities. Many of these tragedies can be avoided. Finishing the game, getting a tan, or completing a work shift aren't worth death or crippling injury. All thunderstorms produce lightning and are dangerous. Lightning kills more people each year than tornadoes. Lightning often strikes as far as 10 miles away from any rainfall. Many deaths from lightning occur ahead of the storm because people try and wait to the last minute before seeking shelter. You are in danger from lightning if you can hear thunder. If you can hear thunder, lightning is close enough that it could strike your location at any moment. Lightning injuries can lead to permanent disabilities or death. On average, 20% of strike victims die; 70% of survivors suffer serious long term effects. Look for dark cloud bases and increasing wind. Every flash of lightning is dangerous, even the first. Head to safety before that first flash. If you hear thunder, head to safety!

Blue Skies and Lightning. Lightning can travel sideways for up to 10 miles. Even when the sky looks blue and clear, be cautious. If you hear thunder, take cover. At least 10% of lightning occurs without visible clouds in the sky.

Stay Safe!

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