SYAA follows the 30/30 rule.
By way of definition, dangerous weather such as thunderstorms and tornadoes constitute unplayable conditions, if any one of the following is present:
- Lightning is observed
- Reports of lightning strikes the ground within ten miles of the playing site.
- Thunder is heard with or without the presence of lightning, Severe thunderstorm and/or tornado warnings are in effect.
SYAA club reps, coaches, team officials, and referees should be advised that if ANY of the above conditions exist a match or training session should be suspended. At the sign of any thunder/lightning all play stops immediately and cannot resume until 30 minutes after the last thunder/lightning observation. The safety of all is the only concern. There will be no consideration given to cost, inconvenience or advantage due to the necessity of a time delay or replay/reschedule.
What to do if caught in the open during Lightning:
- Most deaths occur when a person is in the open, under a tree or touching a large metal object like a goal. In the open, crouch or seek the lowest spot available. Move away from isolated tall objects.
- Get away from open vehicles, such as pickup truck beds, convertibles, bicycles, motorcycles, etc.
- If you feel an electrical charge, your hair stands on end or your skin tingles, lightning may be about to strike you - Drop to the ground immediately
- If someone is struck by lightning, start mouth to mouth and cardiopulmonary resuscitation immediately and call 911.
- Seek shelter in a large building or enclosed automobile.
WAIT AT LEAST 30 MINUTES AFTER HEARING THE LAST THUNDER BEFORE LEAVING SHELTER