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NHSC respects the danger and risks posed by lightning.  To ensure everyone’s safety, all personnel, athletes, and spectators must adhere to the following policies when on Club grounds or when involved with a Club related activity: 

  • IF YOU SEE LIGHTNING OR HEAR THUNDER, HEAD TO SAFETY.

    • Seeing lightning or hearing thunder are the same thing for the purpose of this policy.

    • This is a bright line rule.  Hearing thunder is as good seeing lightning.

  • Action - Evacuation:  When lightning is seen or thunder is heard, there is no discussion or debate.  All personnel, athletes, and spectators must evacuate the playing fields and seek shelter immediately.  

  • Safe Places:  Cars - Fully enclosed metal vehicles with windows up.  At Sangree, Tyler and Windhurst fields, shelter should be sought either directly under the pavilion located at these fields or in cars with the windows up.  At Reis Run coaches will have access to the Locker Rooms behind the concession stand.  The key to the Reis Run Locker Rooms is kept in a lock box, mounted on the back wall of the shed.

  • Unsafe Places: AVOID all outdoor metal objects like flag poles, fences and gates, high mast light poles, metal bleachers, golf cars, machinery, etc. AVOID trees. AVOID water. AVOID open fields. AVOID the high ground.  At Reis Run, AVOID congregating in front of the concession stand, remaining on the hill, or sitting on the metal bleachers.

  • Return to Play:  "Thirty-minute rule" – Once lightning/thunder has been seen/heard at an event, all personnel, athletes and spectators shall evacuate the playing fields and shall seek shelter immediately.   Activity shall not resume - and everyone shall remain under the protection of shelter – until 30 minutes after the last instance that lightning/thunder is seen/heard.  Any subsequent instance where lightning/thunder is seen/heard after a 30-minute count has begun, a new 30-minute count shall begin before activity may resume.  


  • PLEASE NOTE THAT EVENT CANCELLATION IS A LIKELY RESULT WHEN THERE IS LIGHTNING/THUNDER. OUR FIRST AND FOREMOST GOAL IS THE SAFETY OF OUR PLAYERS.

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