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Lightning Policy


The safety of players and participants is of utmost importance. Soccer fields can be very dangerous during severe weather.
• You are in danger if you can see lightning. 
• You are in danger from lightning if you can hear thunder. 
• Lightning often travels sideways as far as 10 miles and can strike away from any rainfall, even when skies are blue.  
In event of a storm, games and/or practices must be stopped and suspended 
until the danger has passed using the following minimum criteria: 

(1) The sighting of a lightning flash or the hearing of the sound of thunder shall be enough reason to stop and suspend a game or practice; 
• Do not wait until it rains 
• Do not try to reach the end of a quarter or the end of a game. 

(2) Coaches shall take their players to a safe location upon suspension of a game and/or practice;
(3) Following suspension of a game, the referees shall promptly leave the field to a safe location;

(4) Play and/or practice shall not be resumed prior to 30-minutes after the last sighting of lightning or the last sound of thunder heard.

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