Attached is a document from the NCAA that clearly states the dangers of lightning and provides methods on how to respond to lightning once it has been detected near your baseball field. Please read and review this document with your staff (click the title for the NCAA Guideline Document). In short, the following is the guidelines for all SPYA Baseball Coaches to follow in the event that lightning is detected within the vicinity of your baseball field:
Prior to game/practice, check forecast and radar before going to the game field to get the latest update of the weather and its location to your field of play.
SPYA will strictly adhere to the Flash to Bang Method (point number 5 in document).
Once 30 seconds Flash to Bang has been obtained, field should be cleared and everyone is in a safe structure.
DUGOUT/PAVILON are NOT safe structures. For the majority of fields, the primary safe structure will be a vehicle.
Once the game/practice has been stopped because of lightning, you may only take the field again for practice/game after 30 minutes have gone by without seeing any lightning within the vicinity of your field.
The younger the age group, the quicker the decision should be made to clear the field since younger children will naturally take longer to gather their belongings and get to a safe structure (vehicle)
Raking and Dragging - It is imperative that the field is raked and dragged after each use. Please use the rake around the bases, plate, and pitchers mound and the drag around the rest of the field. Doing these simple steps will keep the field in great shape for everyone. Get parents to do this - there is no reason the coach must do this themselves. When dragging the field, NEVER drag the dirt over the grass. The drag should never leave the infield dirt. After picking up the drag from the dirt, rake the remaining pile of dirt that is left behind.
Wet Field - Standing water on a field should NEVER be moved into the grass. This only creates a deeper hole and higher lip and causes more water to stay on the field after the next rain. Standing water should be pulled onto other areas of the infield and let to absorb. If the infield cannot absorb the standing water, the field should not be used. Use the outfield if you are having practice; cancel or move fields if you have a game.
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