Venue Specific Lightning Procedures

 

Bernlohr Stadium (Football and Soccer)

A public service announcement will be made immediately before any game being played on a day that severe weather is likely to occur. Once lightning has been detected by the Sky Scan within the eight mile range or within the allotted flash-to-bang eight mile range (40 seconds), the spectators will be directed to exit the stands and proceed to Capital Center or their cars. The players and coaches will be instructed to leave the field and bench area immediately.  Visiting payers and coaches will proceed to their team vehicle(s).  All activities will be suspended until 20 minutes after the last lightning strike is detected in a less than 8 mile radius. All players, personnel and spectators should remain inside until the “all clear” signal is given by the PA announcer (upon notification from the Athletic Training Staff or administrator on site). Play will resume only after the “all clear” signal has been given.

 

Clowson Field (Baseball and Softball)

A public service announcement will be made before any game being played on a day that severe weather is likely to occur. Once lightning has been detected within the eight mile range of the Sky Scan lightning detector or within the allotted flash-to-bang time (40 seconds), the spectators will be directed to exit the stands and seek shelter in their cars. The players and coaches will be instructed to leave the field and dugout areas immediately. Dugouts are not a safe shelter from lightning.  All activities will be suspended until 20 minutes after the last lightning strike is detected in a less than 8 mile radius. All players, personnel and spectators should remain in their cars until the “all clear” signal is given by the PA announcer (upon notification from the Athletic Training Staff or administrator on site). Play will resume only after the “all clear” signal has been given.

 

Capital University Tennis Courts (Tennis)

Upon notification from the athletic trainer on site, the head coach or selected game official will warn participants and spectators that severe weather is likely to occur. Once lightning has been detected by the Sky Scan within the eight mile range or within the allotted flash-to-bang eight mile range (40 seconds), participants and spectators will be instructed to immediately clear the courts and bleachers and seek shelter. The teams and officials will take shelter in the Harry C. Moores Campus Center or team vehicle(s). The spectators will be instructed to seek shelter in their personal vehicles.  All activities will be suspended until 20 minutes after the last lightning strike is detected in the less than 8 mile radius. The “all clear” signal will be given by the head coach or selected game official (upon notification from the Athletic Training Staff or administrator on site). Play will resume only after the “all clear” signal has been given.

 

Multi-Purpose Grass Field (Football and Soccer Practice; Intramural and Club Sports)

Visiting and home players should seek shelter in the Harry C. Moores Campus Center or team vehicle(s). 

 

Golf

The severe weather policies prescribed by the golf course at which our team is playing will be followed. The recommended course of action is to exit the golf course and head to the clubhouse at the FIRST SIGHT of lighting.

 

Practices

For outdoor practices not covered by an Athletic Training Staff member and/or when a hand-held lightning detector is not available, all sports will follow the “IF YOU SEE IT, FLEE IT RULE” as recommended by the National Lightning Safety Institute. The interpretation of this rule states that if you can see lightning, you need to immediately flee the area and seek shelter in a safe place.