Inclement and Cold Weather Policies

Guidelines on Handling Contests during Lightning Disturbances
The purpose of these guidelines is to provide a default policy to those responsible for making decisions
concerning the suspension and restarting of contests based on the presence of lightning. The preferred
sources from which to request such a policy for your facility would include your state high school
association and the nearest office of the National Weather Service.

Proactive Planning

  1. Assign staff to monitor local weather conditions before and during events.
  2. Develop an evacuation plan, including identification of appropriate nearby shelters.
  3. Develop criteria for suspension and resumption of play;
    1. When thunder is heard, or a cloud-to-ground lightning bolt is seen, the thunderstorm is close enough to strike your location with lightning. Suspend play and take shelter immediately.
    2. Thirty Minute Rule. Once play has been suspended, wait at least 30 minutes after the last thunder is heard or flash of lightning is witnessed prior to resuming play.
    3. Any subsequent thunder or lightning after the beginning of the 30 minute count, reset the clock and another 30 minute count should begin.
  4. Hold periodic reviews for appropriate personnel.

For more detailed information, refer to the “Guidelines for Lightning Safety” contained in the NFHS Sports Medicine Handbook.

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Guidelines on Handling Contests during Lightning Disturbances
The purpose of these guidelines is to provide a default policy to those responsible for making decisions
concerning the suspension and restarting of contests based on the presence of lightning. The preferred
sources from which to request such a policy for your facility would include your state high school
association and the nearest office of the National Weather Service.

Proactive Planning

  1. Assign staff to monitor local weather conditions before and during events.
  2. Develop an evacuation plan, including identification of appropriate nearby shelters.
  3. Develop criteria for suspension and resumption of play;
    1. When thunder is heard, or a cloud-to-ground lightning bolt is seen, the thunderstorm is close enough to strike your location with lightning. Suspend play and take shelter immediately.
    2. Thirty Minute Rule. Once play has been suspended, wait at least 30 minutes after the last thunder is heard or flash of lightning is witnessed prior to resuming play.
    3. Any subsequent thunder or lightning after the beginning of the 30 minute count, reset the clock and another 30 minute count should begin.
  4. Hold periodic reviews for appropriate personnel.

For more detailed information, refer to the “Guidelines for Lightning Safety” contained in the NFHS Sports Medicine Handbook.

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