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LIGHTNING RULE

 

THIS POLICY IS IN EFFECT FOR ALL SOFTBALL GAMES WORKED BY M.R.O.S.

 

If lightning is seen or thunder is heard, all games shall be suspended immediately. All team members (players, coaches, assistants, managers, etc.) must be removed from the field to a protected area (hard-covered dugouts would suffice). Officials should sit together in one car. Under no circumstances should officials remain in either dugout.

 

Game officials are required to strictly enforce this policy for all contests. If the officials do not enforce this policy, then the Principal, Athletic/Activities Director, or Administrator on Duty shall suspend the contest.

 

The decision to resume play will be made by the School Official(s) present, after a thirty (30) minute period of no lightning. If no School Official is on site, then play cannot be resumed until there is a thirty (30) minute period free of lightning and thunder.

 

 

GENERAL RULES OF THUMB FOR ACTS OF GOD

 

For lightning and thunder only (no rain), after a 30-minute delay and lightning is still visible, suggest to the Principal, Athletic/Activities Director, or Administrator on Duty that you would like to wait an additional 30 minutes. If there is still lightning and/or thunder after the additional 30 minutes, request that the Principal, Athletic/Activities Director, or Administrator on Duty declare the game "suspended to a later date".

 

For rain (no lightning involved), after a 15-minute delay and it is still raining, and the field is still playable, tell both coaches that you will wait another 15 minutes and then decide if the game is to be resumed. If after a total of 30 minutes and it is stilling raining too hard to play, call the game and go home. The field is now (or will be) too wet to continue to play. As long as no lightning is involved, you do not need permission from anyone to call the game.

 

As always, use your best judgment. Always err on the side of safety. But do your best to get the game in. If the game has gone past the required 4-1/2 or 5 innings, this is a "completed" and not "suspended" game. Make sure you inform both coaches that the game is considered complete.

 

Remember: Never declare a game "suspended" or a "no contest". Just call the game. Call the Commissioner whenever you don't complete the game (4-1/2 or 5 innings) and inform him of the conditions that resulted in the game being "suspended". The schools will make the determination as to whether the game will be replayed from the beginning or from the point of interruption.