In the event that a bolt of lightning or flash has been visually observed, immediate evacuation of all outdoor practice, contest and conditioning areas must be executed and shelter be sought. This includes the evacuation of spectators as well.
All equipment should be left on the field such as javelins, bats, lacrosse sticks, etc. in an effort to reduce lightning attraction that would increase the likelihood of a lightning rod effect.
No one may return to the evacuated areas for 30 minutes following the last flash of lightning or sound of thunder. If lightning is spotted or thunder is heard within the 30 minute time period, the clock is reset for another 30 minutes.
Structures such as the tennis house, baseball/softball dug outs, trees or small shed are NOT safe areas during lightning. Safety should be sought in a permanent building/structure such as a dormitory, athletic/academic building. Permanent building/structures are defined as having poured floors, electrical wiring, and plumbing which aid in providing a ground.
A vehicle with a hard metal roof and windows rolled up is a better option than being outdoors. Do not touch the sides of the vehicle.
FYI – Lightning may strike on a clear day and can travel 10 miles. Thunder always accompanies lightning. The rumble of thunder should alert individuals of the threat of lightning in the area. At least 10% of lightning occurs when there is no rainfall and when blue sky is often visible somewhere in the sky.
Safe Locations for Athletics Facilities
- JB Turf Field/Soccer Practice Field/: Participants and spectators should go to JB Dorm or Merrill Gym.
- Softball Field/Soccer Game Field/Track and Field: Participants and spectators should go to Merrill Gym or Underhill Arena.
- Football/Baseball Game Field: Participants and spectators should go to New Commons, Alumni Gym, or Benjamin Mayes Center.
- Tennis: Participants and spectators should go to Underhill or Merrill.