AMSA Lightning Policy

Lightning can strike quickly and unexpectedly, and it can be deadly. This policy must be taken seriously and followed carefully.

When to Act: Take safety precautions immediately if…

  • Lightning is visible, or
  • Lightning is detected within ten (10) miles by means of a technological device.

If you can hear thunder, lighting may be within range. Be watchful for lightning. If thunder becomes louder, leave the field.

Decision-Makers: The Referee Coordinator (or, in his absence, any Referee) or the AMSA President or Field Commissioner shall have the authority and responsibility to suspend play and implement the policy, and to determine whether and when to resume play.

If thunder is detected, the Decision Maker shall attempt to determine whether lightning is in the vicinity, and if so, how far away, utilizing any available technological device which is capable of detecting lightning, including cell phone weather apps. If lightning is detected within ten (10) miles, he shall promptly implement the Safety Precautions set out below.

Safety Precautions:

  • Leave the field immediately.
  • Seek shelter in your vehicle, if you are at Onion Creek Soccer Complex (OCSC).
  • Seek shelter in your vehicle or in any nearby buildings if available.
  • Do not seek shelter in trees or near any metal objects (other than your vehicle).
  • Avoid high ground and water.

Resuming Play: Play may be resumed if it is clear that no lightning has been detected for twenty (20) minutes after the most recent detection.

Play shall be extended to the end of the scheduled time-slot, but not beyond.

By way of example, a 4:00 o’clock match shall be extended to 6:00 o’clock, daylight permitting, but may not be extended beyond 6:00.

First Aid: Lightning victims need immediate attention. Call 911 or EMS immediately. Administer first aid immediately if you are qualified to do so. Lightning victims do not carry an electrical charge and are safe to treat.

Policy approved on September 1, 2015, and revised on March 19, 2018.