Lightning Predictor System - Operation and Policy
The Warren Lightening Predictor System is located near the northwest corner of the west football field. The City will be testing the system on weekdays, once a week during the day when no one is playing. The sensors will be cleaned every thirty days.
When a probability of lightning is detected the horn will sound continuously for fifteen seconds and the yellow light will begin flashing. At this time all fields will be cleared. The yellow light will continue to flash as long as a threat exists. When a threat is no longer detected, the horn will sound three short blasts and the yellow light will go off. It is then safe to return to the fields and resume play.
As soon as the horn sounds and the yellow light goes on, all games will be immediately stopped. Players, officials and spectators must leave the fields and seek a shelter for the duration of the threat (cars are strongly suggested as the space around the concession stand is very limited). Should the referees feel, using their best judgment, that a potential threat is present, they HAVE the authority to stop the games even before the alarm is triggered.
Since there is no way to determine how long the threat will last, the following rules will apply for all games, regardless on who stops them (alarm or referee):
1.- Any game not started (initial kick-off) will be delayed 30 minutes. Should the system determines that the threat is no longer in place and goes off within 30 minutes, the game can start. Beyond the 30 minutes time frame, the game will be considered cancelled and every effort will be made to reschedule it (subject to time constraints and field availability).
2.- Any game being played and stopped BEFORE the second half kick-off will be considered cancelled and every effort will be made to reschedule it (subject to time constraints and field availability). For the competitive divisions, the score will NOT count and considered INVALID for the standings.
3.- Any game being played and stopped AFTER the second half kick-off will be considered valid and will NOT be rescheduled. For the competitive divisions, the score will count and considered VALID for the standings.
Just because the skies look relatively clear, a lightning strike can still occur.
Thanks for your cooperation and helping put the safety of our youth first.