Each year in the United States, more than four hundred people are struck by lightning. On average, about 70 people are killed and many others suffer permanent neurological disabilities. Most of these tragedies can be avoided if proper precautions are taken. When thunderstorms threaten, coaches and sports officials must not let the desire to start or complete an athletic activity hinder their judgment when the safety of participants and spectators is in jeopardy.
Burke AC is committed to the safety of all of our players, coaches, and spectators.
Therefore, if a coach or referee hears thunder or sees lightning, fields are immediately closed and all play should be immediately suspended and everyone should get to a safe place. Fields shall remain closed for 30 minutes from the last thunder you hear or lightning you see.
For more information on lightning, please see this document from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: Lightning Saftey Document