MT1 District Lightning Policy
- League Officials assigned to attend and monitor Little League games the League is hosting are responsible to correctly monitor lightning detectors or time the flash-to-bang period to enable the umpires to timely and properly suspend games due to lightning.
- Managers and coaches are responsible to ensure players on their teams adhere to the District lightning policy during lightning delays during the game.
- If lightning detectors are used, a detected strike within 6 miles should trigger the umpire suspending play. Many lightning detectors at use within the District range at 8 miles and 3 miles. Any detected strike within that range should trigger the umpire suspending play. If no lightning detector is available at the game location the League Official should time the flash-to-bang period. A thirty (30) second flash-to bang time period indicates a strike at 6 miles. Any timed flash-to-bang period less than thirty (30) seconds should trigger the umpire suspending play.
- During a lightning delay:
- WHAT TO DO:
- Go to an enclosed building, if one is nearby
- Go to cars, with windows rolled up, if no enclosed building is available
- Complete a check of the facility for anyone still outdoors
- WHAT NOT TO DO:
- Don’t allow players to remain in dugouts or spectators to stay in stands
- Don’t carry metal items (like bats) or walk beside metal fences
- Don’t go to an open-sided shelter; it is not adequate and should not be used
- The lightning delay should NOT be lifted until THIRTY (30) MINUTES after the LAST flash or bang is observed.
- Do not leave facility until directed; wait at designated location(s) at field until the game is postponed or cancelled
Make sure all players are accounted for and leaving with approved person(s)