- At the first sound of nearby thunder or any sighting of visible lightning, the coaches and/or umpires shall determine the “flash-to-bang” count (the seconds between the flash of lightning and the bang of thunder). When the “flash-to-bang” count is 30 seconds or less, the game or practice must be stopped immediately:
–After a game starts, the umpire-in-charge will in his/her discretion determine when/whether to suspend play and when/whether to resume play after the storm has ended. If the threatening condition(s) do not clear within a reasonable period of time, the game should be called/suspended and completed at a later date, if possible.
-If prior to the beginning of a game, the opposing head coaches will make the decision whether to begin play after the storm has ended.
-If during a practice, the head coach will make the decision whether to resume practice after the storm has ended.
– In all cases where the game/practice has been stopped due to the “flash-to-bang” count, there shall be a delay of the game/practice of not less than thirty (30) minutes after the last visual sighting of lightning or hearing thunder.
- Seek shelter in a non-metal building or a fully enclosed vehicle with the windows completely shut and wait for a decision on whether to continue the game or practice.
- Stay away from metal objects such as fencing and metal bats. Avoid high ground and open spaces. Avoid the dugouts – they are not safe from lightning. Avoid going underneath trees since trees “attract” lightning.
- If no shelter is available and lightning is striking nearby, you should:
-Avoid direct contact with other people
-Remove all metal objects from your person
- If a nearby person is injured from lightning, give first aid procedures if you are qualified to do so. An injured person does not carry an electrical charge and can be handled safely. Send for help immediately.