Everyone loves to play in fair weather, but you should expect games to be on in all types of weather. The exceptions: thunder storms, snow blizzards and other such extreme conditions.
All teams should arrive at the field expecting to play; the referee will ultimately decide if the field is playable.
1) If the ref says go, games are on.If the ref say no, then the game will be rescheduled.
2) If the ref says go, and both teams are not interested in playing, then they can request to the ref that a 0-0 draw be recorded, provided both teams have enough players to field a team.These games will not be rescheduled! Go to the pub, stay warm, have a drink, but the game stays a tie.
3) If the ref says go and only one team is interested in playing, then the other team who is not willing to play will be in default and a 5-0 loss will be recorded.
The referee and League executive will not be held liable for any injuries sustained during a game, since it is the personal decision of each player whether or not to play. If you don't feel like playing in poor conditions.....then don't.
The 30/30 rule
Any lightning safety plan should incorporate the 30/30 Rule. The 30/30 Rule states that people should seek shelter if the "Flash-To-Bang" delay (length of time in seconds between a lightning flash and its subsequent thunder), is 30 seconds or less, and that they remain under cover until 30 minutes after the final clap of thunder.
A 30 second lead time is necessary prior to a storm's arrival because of the possibility of distant strikes. A 30 minute wait after the last thunder is heard is necessary because the trailing storm clouds still carry a lingering charge. This charge can and does occasionally produce lightning on the back edge of a storm, several minutes after the rain has ended.
Studies have shown most people struck by lightning are struck not at the height of a
thunderstorm, but before and after the storm has peaked. This shows many people are unaware of how far lightning can strike from its parent thunderstorm. DO NOT wait for therain to start before seeking shelter, and DO NOT leave shelter just because the rain has ended.
Once the leading edge of a thunderstorm approaches to within 10 miles, you are at immediate risk due to the possibility of lightning strokes coming from the overhanging anvil cloud. Because of this, many lightning deaths and injuries occur with clear skies directly overhead from a "bolt out of the blue".
Average Lightning stroke is 6-8 miles long. Average thunderstorm is 6-10 miles wide. Average thunderstorm travels at a rate of 25 miles per hour.� On average, thunder can only be heard over a distance of 3-4 miles, depending on humidity, terrain, and other factors.
July 02, 2008 Phnom Penh - A lightning bolt killed three Cambodian soccer players and put three others in the hospital. The victims, all in their 20s, were taking part in a tournament organised by the Government to introduce the game to youngsters and ultimately to improve the strength of the national side.
June 27, 2008 Oslo, NorwayNearly all the players on two Norwegian teams playing a match were literally grounded when lightning suddenly struck from above.Referee Stephen Buckle had to end the match as the players fell to the field.The sun was shining during the match, but late in the game a very dark cloud moved in suddenly followed by "a sharp light" which enveloped the field, leaving the players literally up-ended.
Oct 26, 1998 Johannesburg, South Africa - Lightning struck six soccer players during a Premier Soccer League match. There were no fatalities, but the six injured players were carried off the field on stretchers. Referee Jeff Motsamai seemed badly shocked and blew his whistle incessantly, immediately stopping the game as paramedics rushed onto the pitch with stretchers as several players writhed on the ground holding their ears and eyes.
July 24, 2003� Fredericton, New Brunswick -Lightning struck Sarah Elizabeth McLain the 14-year-old soccer player killing her and injurying about 20 others.Some witnesses said the weather was clear and the fatal strike came out of nowhere, but they heard thunder in the distance before the tragedy happened.Environment Canada meteorologist Dave Phillips explains that people must heed warning signs. "When there is clearly some warning, don't wait for the rains. If you hear any thunder at all, even just in the distance, you are at risk." Phillips says about thirty per cent of the people killed in lightning strikes are on sports playing fields. He says the best place to take cover is inside a car.