LDSC requires that all players, parents, coaches and officials be aware of and strictly adhere to the New York State Zero Tolerance Policy
Thunder/Lightning Policy and Plan - Training Events
Adopted by the LDSC Board - October 2019
In the case of thunder or lightning occurring during any training, the lead trainer will follow the below protocol:
The first time the lead trainer hears thunder or sees lightning, even if it is in the distance, they will blow the whistle, signaling the stoppage of training or games.
The lead trainer will communicate to players/parents that they should find a safe place to wait or leave based on whether the remainder of the session is cancelled, which is at the discretion of the lead trainer.
The lead trainer will instruct all trainers and any players who have not been taken by a parent to go to the nearest shelter and accompany them there.
Trainers will wait with lead trainer under shelter until there has been no thunder/lightning for 30 minutes.
When it is deemed safe (30 minutes after the last lightning/thunder event) trainers will either pick up all equipment or prepare for the next training session.
Lead trainer will alert Trainer Coordinator and House Coordinator so a decision can be made about rescheduling session.
In all cases, the lead trainer reserves the right to remove trainers from the field if they feel trainers are in danger due to the weather.