South Florida is renowned for its hot, humid weather, accompanied by sporadic late afternoon showers that are usually contain dangerous lightning conditions.,|
The Coconut Creek Football Program urges all coaches to USE COMMON SENSE in regards to practices and team activities If playing conditions become unsafe,
stop your practice. No practice is worth endangering the players safety.
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The following lightning policy has been implemented, and will be enforced, by the City of
The City of Coconut Creek has purchased and installed the ThorGuard Lightning Prediction Systems
at all City Parks, in order to warn park patrons of any potential lightning threats.
When a ground strike of lightning has occurred within seven miles of the park, the ThorGuard Lightning Prediction
System will generate one (1) 15 second horn blast.
When you hear this horn
blast, you must:
- Suspend all games and practices immediately.
- Stay away from metal including fencing and bleachers.
- Get EVERYBODY to clear the outdoor facility and walk (not run) to their vehicle.
- Ensure everybody remains in their vehicle until the ThorGuard Lightning Prediction System
generates the All Clear signal, which is three (3)short horn blasts.
If park patrons refuse to leave the facilities, or return before the "All Clear" signal sounds, they do so at their own risk.
** Flag Divisions: wait in your cars for 20 minutes after the warning horn has sounded.
If the all clear has not sounded after 20 minutes, the referees will decide
whether the game can continue and advise the players and coaches.
** Tackle Divisions: In the event of a rain or lightning delay, whether the game can be continued are not is governed by the AYFL Rain delay Policy. The league reps will
follow the policy guidelines to determine the resulting time by which play must resume to avoid rescheduling the game. By mutual agreement of both League Reps,
a game or all remaining games may be called for the day earlier than the published guidelines. Please click the link below for the AYFL's Rain Delay policy.
Allow activities to resume once the All Clear Signal sounds.
The American Academy of
Dermatology estimates that children receive 80% of their lifetime sun exposure by the time they are 18 years old!
- Sun screen, preferably with a
sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15, should therefore always be used to protect from damaging ultra-violet light.
- Encourage your players to drink water before going on, and after coming off, the field.
- If a player looks distressed while standing in the sun, remove that player from the field and
get them in the shade immediately.
- If a player should collapse as a result of heat exhaustion, call 9-1-1 immediately. Get the player to drink
water, and cool them down until the emergency medical team arrives.
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