Standard Operating Procedure for Lightning
The safety of our members and guests at our facilities will always be a priority. Therefore we expect the following rules to be followed and if in doubt clear the field.
- Coaching Staff, committee members and/or referees are expected to keep a constant watch for lightning during practices, game days, team meetings or at any time they are on site. In the event you see lightning or are told by a player, member, referee, guest (visiting team) they have seen lightning in the area you are to clear your field immediately and get word to any other members, players or staff to clear their field. Please do not wait for someone to tell you or assume the other staff have seen the lightning. It is better for them to be told by several people than to assume they know to clear the field.
- Players and spectators are requested to take safe shelter or go to their vehicle.
- Staff are responsible for their field they were on; e.g.; if a player/adult wanders onto the field theywere coaching on, they have to manage/clear that field. Staff are not expected to put themselves at risk in these situations.
- On a game day, the referee has the right to call the game (please refer to rules of competition as to the status of the game points). The park manager or delegated personnel also reserve the right to close the field at any given time. In the event the referee is not seeing the lightning, please speak with them and insist that the field is cleared immediately.
Resuming Activity: Activity maybe resumed 30 minutes after the last lightning strike is seen. If staff wish to send players home earlier, then they may do so. Please keep in mind that when playing official games, the referee will need to make the final decision on how the game is recorded by way of league/competition rules.
Who makes the decisions on site? Decisions will be made by the senior most person on site. This will be the Referee, TSC Hurricane DOC, Coach or other Director. A Tulsa or Broken Arrow parks employee also has the authority to close the facility at any time. In the event none of the above are on site, staff are expected to follow this policy and err on the side of caution or call the Executive Director or DOC for advice.
ONE LONG sound by the horn players/coaches and spectators are required to seek shelter and get in their vehicles.
TWO to THREE Short bursts by the horn is the signal that the area is clear and players, coaches and spectators can resume.