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Great Falls Little League

Lightning Policy

 

Appendix A of the Little League rule book provides policy guidance that each local league should use when they develop a Lightning Policy.  This policy statement for the GFLL is based on and closely follows the guidance and recommendations contained in Appendix A.  As such, the GFLL lightning policy statement does not repeat the background and other information contained in Appendix A. 

 

It is the policy of the Great Falls Little League that the following requirements and procedures be followed with regard to ensuring the safety of everyone attending or participating in a GFLL baseball or softball game in the event of lightning:

 

1

Each league official (e.g., Board members), manager, coach, and umpire should read Appendix A of the Little League rulebook.  This will help everyone understand the background information on this entire topic, including recent research and findings on lightning.

2

PLAY WILL BE HALTED IMMEDIATELY BY THE UMPIRES IF:

·         Lightning is observed anywhere on the skyline

·         Thunder is heard

·         The sky above or in the immediate proximity to Nike Park looks threatening

3

Once play is halted, all players, managers, coaches, umpires, and spectators will move to a place of safety.  The Snack Shack will be immediately closed as well.  THE DUGOUTS ARE NOT A PLACE OF SAFETY.  AT NIKE PARK WE HAVE NO PERMANENT BUILDINGS OR ADEQUATE SHELTERS FROM THE DANGERS OF LIGHTNING.  Therefore, the safest available place is inside a motor vehicle.

4

All adults and umpires in attendance at Nike Park will proactively ensure that children and others in their care will remain in their vehicles until the umpires say that it is safe to resume playing.

5

The game will not be resumed until 30 minutes have passed from the last time lightning was observed or thunder heard.  At the 25 minute mark with no lightning observed or thunder heard, the umpires will allow the teams to leave their vehicles and return to the dugouts to make preparations to resume the game.

6

NO CONSIDERATION WILL BE GIVEN TO COMPLETING THE GAME when making decisions regarding halting or resuming the game.  The only factor that will be considered is the presence/absence of lightning/thunder/threatening skies.

7

Upon resumption of game activities, each team, when they take the field defensively, will be allowed a small amount of extra time to warm up.

 

 

 

 

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