UAYSL Weather Policy - Lightning & Thunder




Soccer can and will be played outdoors in inclement weather, but it cannot be played if there is thunder and/or lightning in the area.

Please follow these simple rules:

1. If thunder and/or lightning is heard or seen, all players, officials, coaches and spectators must seek safe shelter immediately. Safe Shelter is defined as an enclosed, substantial building with electricity and plumbing OR an enclosed metal topped vehicle with windows rolled up. The game officials are required to suspend a game any time thunder is heard and/or lightning is seen.

2. Play should not be resumed until 30 minutes have passed since the last flash of lightning and/or clap of thunder.

3. UAYSL will try to cancel games at least one hour before their scheduled playing time if at all possible when lightning and/or thunder is in the forecast. However, due to unpredictable weather, in some cases game play may need to be called at or during game time.

4. Coaches are responsible for ensuring the safety of their players during a lightning/thunder event.

5. If a game is cancelled within the first half, UAYSL will attempt to reschedule the match at a later date.

6. If a game is cancelled during half-time or in the second half, the score will stand and the game will not be rescheduled.

7. Team entry fees will not be refunded for any game cancelled due to an inclement weather event or if a first half suspended game cannot be successfully rescheduled.

Facts from NOAA (National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration).

Lightning: What You Need to Know

  • NO PLACE outside is safe when thunderstorms are in the area!!
  • If you hear thunder, lightning is close enough to strike you.
  • When you hear thunder, immediately move to safe shelter: a substantial building with electricity or plumbing or an enclosed, metal-topped vehicle with windows up.
  • Stay in safe shelter at least 30 minutes after you hear the last sound of thunder.

Indoor Lightning Safety

  • Stay off corded phones, computers and other electrical equipment that put you in direct contact with electricity.
  • Avoid plumbing, including sinks, baths and faucets.
  • Stay away from windows and doors, and stay off porches.
  • Do not lie on concrete floors, and do not lean against concrete walls.

Last Resort Outdoor Risk Reduction Tips

If you are caught outside with no safe shelter anywhere nearby the following actions may reduce your risk:

  • Immediately get off elevated areas such as hills, mountain ridges or peaks
  • Never lie flat on the ground
  • Never shelter under an isolated tree
  • Never use a cliff or rocky overhang for shelter
  • Immediately get out and away from ponds, lakes and other bodies of water
  • Stay away from objects that conduct electricity (barbed wire fences, power lines, windmills, etc.)

Link - NOAA Website - Lightning Safety