Bad weather conditions, especially those that contain lightning, pose a potential deadly problem for outdoor activities. As such RRGSA is mandating the following Lightning Policy. This policy is to be followed for all RRGSA activities, including but not limited to practice sessions, scrimmages and games. This policy is to be enforced by RRGSA officials, coaches and umpires without exception.
Monitoring inclement weather:
· Practices and scrimmages – The Team Manager and Coaches shall monitor any inclement weather and take appropriate actions according to the Lightning Policy below.
· Games – The RRGSA Board Member on Duty (BMOD) shall monitor inclement weather during game days and coordinate with the RRGSA Executive Board to take appropriate actions according to the Lightning Policy below.
· If lightning is observed, determine the distance of lightning from a location using one of the following methods:
o Count the interval between the lightning and the accompanying thunder. Divide the count by 5 to determine the proximity in miles of the lightning (i.e. 30 seconds = 6 miles).
o Utilize Weather/Lightning Apps (i.e. My Lightning Tracker and Alerts) to determine the distance of lightning from a location.
· If it is determined that lightning is within 6 miles, all softball activity must be stopped immediately, fields must be cleared and all participants should be advised to find a safe place (such as a car or building) to wait.
· Softball activity shall not resume for a minimum of 30 minutes following the initial suspension. Any additional lightning strikes within 6 miles will reset the 30 minute clock.