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Thunderstorm Safety

Sports fields can be one of the most dangerous places to be during a thunderstorm. There is limited protection and humans are often the "tallest object" in the area. Extra precaution is necessary.

When thunder is heard then lightning is within striking distance.Stop activities and seek appropriate shelter.

Play may resume 30 minutes after the last thunder is heard, or lightning seen.

Areas considered safe

  • Inside a fully enclosed metal vehicle with windows up
  • Inside a substantial building (roof and four walls)

Unsafe Areas

  • Small buildings including picnic shelters and the open area of a concession stand
  • Anywhere near metallic objects like flagpoles, antennas, towers, underground watering systems, soccer goals, metal bleachers, electric equipment
  • Open fields, trees and water

Open area without shelter

  • Avoid standing in groups
  • Spread out to reduce risk
  • Crouch on your feet, keep your head low
  • Avoid being the tallest object
  • Avoid lying on the ground

If a strike occurs to an individual

  • Call 911
  • If you are qualified to do so, apply First Aid or CPR immediately
  • People struck by lightning do not carry an electrical charge and are safe to touch

Status of Games in Progress after the All-Clear (30 minutes after the last boom is heard or strike is seen)

  • Games in progress will not be resumed. 
  • The next scheduled matches after the All-clear signal may resume as scheduled.
  • The board will determine if matches suspended due to Thunderstorm activity will be rescheduled.

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Lancaster, California 93539

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