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Weather Considerations

Lightning

  1. In the absence of Lightning Detectors or Predictors, TAPPS rules are as follows:
    1. When thunder is heard or cloud to ground lightning is observed, the storm is close enough to strike your location with lightning.
    2. Suspend play and take shelter immediately.
    3. Distance Rule: This rule is in place for lightning strikes within 10 miles of the game location.
    4. Thirty Minute Rule: Once play has been suspended, wait at least 30 minutes after the last thunder is heard or flash of lightning is witnessed prior to resuming play. After beginning application of the 30 minute rule, any subsequent thunder or flash of lightning shall reset the clock and teams shall wait an additional 30 minutes from that point prior to resuming play.
  2. A school that following the above guidelines shall not be required to forfeit contests.

Temperature

  1. In the event the outside temperature or heat index reaches 100 degrees as determined by the home team or event host, inter school contests shall not be played without the mutual consent of all teams involved in the contest.
  2. In the event the outside temperature or chill factor reaches 32 degrees as determined by the home team or event host, inter school contests shall not be played without the mutual consent of all teams involved in the contest.
  3. A school that following the above guidelines shall not be required to forfeit contests

Travel

  1. In the event of snow, ice or other weather conditions affecting travel, consideration should be given to the travel involved before and after a contest.
  2. A school that determines travel conditions to be unsafe shall not be required to forfeit contests.