SYSA LIGHTNING SAFETY RULES AND PROCEDURES
The game referee, SYSA referee coordinator, SYSA safety coordinator or SYSA field coordinator
have the discretion to cancel games due to unsafe local conditions, such as foul weather or other
unacceptable playing conditions. The decision shall be at the discretion of the referees/coordinators
without any interference from coaches, players or spectators. Player safety will be the primary criterion
for the cancellation of any game; not simply whether everyone present wishes to play or not. In the
event lightning is detected in the area, all play will immediately suspend. The referee can restart the
game, if within 20 minutes of the game suspension, the lightning threat is over. If by 40 minutes the
lightning threat is not over, the Referee will terminate the game. The count of 20 minutes starts at the
time of the last detected lightning.
If a game is terminated after the completion of the first half, the score at that time will be the
final score. If a game is terminated prior to the end of the first half, the game will be replayed. SYSA will
confirm the replay date and time.
During practice or tryout sessions the lightning policy as stated above is in effect. If anyone
present at the field detects lightning the session should be suspended immediately and players/coaches
should report to a safe place; preferably an automobile. While it is recommended that the coach
terminate the session for that day; he/she can restart the session, if within 20 minutes of the
suspension, the lightning threat is over.