Chesterfield Quarterback League Thunderstorm and Lightning Procedure

CQL Thunderstorm and Lightening Procedures

Chesterfield Quarterback League Thunderstorm and Lightning Procedure

To provide guidance to all teams regarding the monitoring of weather conditions, pre-planning, and taking actions to minimize lightning related safety risks at athletic fields during games and practice.

  • The assigned ADC or a person designated by the League will determine how close the lightning is by practicing the flash-to-bang method for measuring of lightning distance as it approaches. Using this method, one counts the seconds from seeing the lightning flash to hearing the thunder. For each 5- second count, lightning is approximately 1 mile away. (Example- at 25 seconds, the strike is 5 miles away.) If lightning can be seen, there is a potential risk and shelter should be taken.
  • Patrons will be properly informed when a thunderstorm watch is in effect and what procedures will be followed during this time to include: play may be suspended, what the “clear the area” signal will be, where to seek shelter, and what routes to take as they evacuate the area.
  • The assigned ADC or a person designated by the League will be responsible for monitoring weather forecasts, watching for developing weather conditions, and timing the flash-to-bang intervals at the first sound of thunder.
  • Upon detection of a storm, by crash of thunder or bolt of lightning, the assigned ADC or a person designated by the League will make an announcement by loud speaker to clear the fields.
  • Patrons and teams will be expected to leave the field once the announcement is made and seek shelter immediately for at least 15 minutes.
  • Each occurrence of thunder and/or lightning will restart the 15 minute wait. The wait will last as long as the Head Official and/or the assigned ADC or a person designated by the League determine it is either safe to play or suspend the game. Once a game is suspended, all games remaining in the set to be played will be suspended.
  • When the appropriate time has passed, the assigned ADC or a person designated by the League will make an announcement to open the fields for play once again.
  • Once the announcement is made, the game will resume play after each team is allotted 5 minutes of warm-ups or longer if the assigned ADC or a person designated by the League allows it.
  • If an assigned ADC or a person designated by the League is not at the field during the event, the home team’s ADC and/or voting rep will be responsible for making the decision.
  • The Head Official and/or the assigned ADC or a person designated by the League can make a final decision to suspend play at any time due to impending or current weather conditions.
  • The assigned ADC or a person designated by the League is encouraged to utilize a weather app on their cell phone to determine any severe weather threat or lightning in the area of their location to determine if shelter will be needed.
  • This policy also applies to practices. The coaches and/or the Association’s League Representative at the practice field are responsible for enforcing the same protocol during practice times.

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