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Lightning Safety / Severe Weather Policy

The safety of players, coaches, management and spectators is the primary concern in any weather event that occurs during all matches sanctioned by the CSA.

At Kennedy Fields, if you hear 3 blasts of an air horn during oncoming weather, the fields are being closed for safety reasons and all games should be immediately concluded immediately. 

Ultimately the referee has the final say over delaying or restarting a match due to weather. Waiting for the sound of the severe weather horn is not required. Referees are expected to act responsibly when dealing with such events during matches they are controlling.

When lightning is detected, you can determine the distance of lightning in your area by counting the number of seconds between the flash and the first sound of the thunder and dividing by five (5). This will give you the distance in miles from your location. Remember, if you are in a higher elevation, the lightning can come upon you much quicker and your reaction time is greatly hindered.

30/30 RULE 

When you see lightning, count the time until you hear thunder. If this time is thirty (30) seconds or less, seek proper shelter. Wait thirty (30) minutes or more after hearing the last thunder before leaving the shelter. If you can not see the lightning, just hearing the thunder is a good back up rule.