US Soccer’s ‘Recognize to Recover’ (R2R) program highlights ‘Environmental Conditions’. This contains US Soccer’s position as it relates to severe weather. This information also serves as MSYSA and GSL’s policy with respect to lightning, and other severe weather conditions. Please share with your respective club/team officials, parents, and players.
All thunderstorms produce lightning and are dangerous. Anytime thunder is heard, a thunderstorm is close enough to pose an immediate lightning threat to your location.
It is strongly recommended, prior to outdoor practices/training, that if thunderstorms are forecast, consider postponing activities to avoid being caught in a dangerous situation. When you see lightning, count the time until you hear thunder. If this time is thirty (30) seconds or less, seek shelter. Practice/play may resume thirty (30) minutes after the last sound of thunder/observable flash of lightning. The 30-minute clock restarts EVERY TIME A NEW LIGHTNING FLASH OR SOUND OF THUNDER IS HEARD.
Additional information from the National Weather Service can be found here. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact GSL at [email protected]