2017 RID4 Lightning Policy for Games

2017 RID4 Lightning Policy for Games

The summer months bring warm and often, unstable weather including thunderstorms. Little League managers and umpires in Rhode Island District 4 Little League are reminded of the District’s policy on game play and lightning.

Should anyone see lightning or hear thunder, games must be delayed at least 30-minutes and players and coaches must vacate dugouts then retreat to automobiles. (Spectators should vacate the field area and also retreat to automobiles.) If another lightning strike occurs within the first 30-minute delay, another 30-minutes is added from the time of the second strike. An additional 30-minute delay is added for every lightning strike.

Before and during the game, tournament directors and game spectators are strongly encouraged to monitor weather forecasts for changing weather conditions. The following mobile apps are helpful resources to monitor weather forecasts:

AccuWeather Apple Android
Grey Sky Apple Android
NOAA Apple Android
The Weather Channel Apple Android
WJAR Radar Apple Android
WPRI Pinpoint Weather Apple Android

Once a game is in progress, it is the umpires’ discretion to call a game due to inclement weather conditions.

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