Threat of lightning puts teams on high alert

WIAA has specific rules for play under threat

Published On: Oct 04 2013 06:27:33 PM CDT   Updated On: Oct 04 2013 08:15:43 PM CDT
JANESVILLE, Wis. -

The threat of strong storms is putting some Friday night high school football games in jeopardy.

School district leaders in Janesville said they'll be keeping a closer eye on what's happening in the sky than on the action on the field.

Janesville's Craig High School is set to take on Madison Memorial at Monterey Stadium in Janesville. Joe Dye, athletic director at Parker High School said WIAA officials just sent a reminder about the protocol for dealing with lightning. He said the rules for playing under a threat of lightning are very specific.

"If there is lightning present, for every lightning strike you have to delay the competition. You clear the field, you clear the bleachers and you get your players, athletes and spectators into a safe area," Dye said.

Dye added that officials have to wait at least 30 minutes after the last flash of lightning is witnessed before play can resume.

He said Thirsday night's soccer game at Parker High School was stopped at halftime due to the lightning. At this point, all games will go on as scheduled. However, that doesn't mean they couldn't be delayed. 

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