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DYAA Lightning Rule

DYAA Lightning Policy

 

 

Please be aware of DYAA’s policy re: lightning and adhere to the following:

 

•  All thunderstorms produce lightning and are dangerous.  Lightning often strikes as far as 10 miles away from any rainfall. You are in danger from lightning

if you can hear thunder. You are in danger if you can see lightning.  Lightning can also travel sideways for up to 10 miles and strike when skies are blue. 

 

•  Soccer  fields  are  a  dangerous  place  to  be  during  a  lightning  storm.  When  lightning  is  seen  or thunder is heard, or when dark threatening clouds are observed,

quickly suspend the game and/or practice and move to a safe location.  Avoid standing in an open area, near soccer goals, under a tent, near trees or in water. The safest

place during a thunderstorm with or without visible lightning is in a car, but not a convertible. 

 

SUSPENSION REQUIREMENTS:

 

In any of the circumstances outlined below occurs, the coach or referee should immediately suspend a game or practice:

 

1. If thunder is heard, the game should be suspended and the fields cleared. Everyone should immediately go to a safe shelter. 

 

2. If lightning is seen, the game should be suspended and the fields cleared. Everyone should immediately go to a safe shelter. 

 

3. If a thunderstorm is heard or seen coming or your hair stands on end, the game should be suspended and the fields cleared. Everyone should

immediately go to a safe shelter. Do not wait until it rains. 

 

4. No one should retake the field or re-start the game or practice until all of the lightning and thunder or other hazardous weather has left the area. Specifically, no one should retake the filed for a minimum of 20 minutes after the last lightning is seen or thunder is heard, or dangerously high winds have passed.

 

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