WSA Rain Out Policy - Keep Our Players Safe
During inclement weather coaches and officials need to be prepared for dangerous situations and be aware of the changing weather. Any evidence of lighting and the game or practice must be suspend for :30 minutes and all players, coaches and fans must be cleared to a safe location such as cars, safe structures or a building. Thunder is the first evidence that lighting is in the area. At the first sound of thunder suspend play and start the clock. If there is additional lighting or thunder that will cause the delay to be greater then :45 minutes the game or practice will be called at that time. For games that are in the first half they will be rescheduled and made up. For games that have already gotten to half time the score at that time is the final. Please take notice of sever weather in your area and have a plan in mind before starting the activity. If it is a practice as the parents to stay who can so you can have a safe place for players to go. Some locations have safety such as the concession stand over hang or wood picnic pavilion at the Rec Center. St. Johns has a parking garage at the end of the parking lot across from the field that would be very safe. Schools sites will normally have an entrance way with an over hang that would provide good cover. In the event of much more severe conditions such as tornado you must have a safe building to go in. Never stand on grass always be located on concrete as lighting will travel underground. Have a Plan Before You Play!
It is critical that the adults in control of the situation make good decision for all the players safety. Ultimately the official in a game setting has the call please help our young referees when playing in bad weather. Each year 80 to 100 people will be killed by lighting in the US and many hundreds are injured by lighting strikes. Lighting strikes can travel many hundreds of yards underground and still cause severe injury. Buried wires that are not obvious on the surface could be right under your feet along with metal objects such as fences, goal post, benches, flag poles etc. are very dangerous to be around in sever weather. KEEP OUR PLAYERS SAFE as well as yourself, use good judgment its just a game.