We have an important Safety Issue to address. Because of the geographical area we live in, we are often faced with severe rain and lightning. Many times we are forced to cancel, delay or interrupt our practices. We do so with the utmost respect to our players, coaches and families safety. We never make this decision haphazardly. We not only rely on our detection system, but we also look at several radars and lightning apps that give us well-rounded information. Ultimately, given all the technology at our disposal, we have to rely on our common sense and what we see directly. If we feel the conditions are not safe, we will always err on the side of safety for everyone. So, sometimes when others may not think these is danger, we have many other factors that help us arrive at our decision. Also, we have several other sports in the complex operating at the sa me time as our club. We may clear the field, but the other sport does not. If this happens, we have made a decision based on all the info we have and we are erring on the side the player's safety.
Lightning & Severe Weather: Lightning and Severe Weather are real hazards that must be viewed seriously. Everyone should immediately seek shelter any time they believe lightning threatens them. Our FishHawk Youth Sports Complex is equipped with Thor Guard Lightning Prediction Systems. The Thor Guard Lightning Prediction Systems will sound ONE 15 SECOND BLAST OF THE HORN which signals the suspension of activities. A strobe light then flashes and remains flashing until safe conditions return. Activities may resume after THREE 5 SECOND BLASTS OF THE HORN. If you feel threatened by lighting you should seek shelter even if the horn does not sound. If directed by a FHFC Official to "seek shelter" you must do so immediately and ensure your players and parents do the same regardless of whether or not the Thor Guard System as sounded.
Per the policies set forth by Hillsborough County and National recommendations, go immediately to your car. DO NOT REMAIN AT THE FIELDS, OUTSIDE IN THE PARKING LOT OR SURROUNDING AREAS, OR UNDER THE OVERHANGS CONNECTED TO THE CONCESSION BUILDINGS . If lightning is in the area, you are in danger if you are not in your vehicle.
One estimate is that 24,000 people are killed by lightning strikes around the world each year and about 240,000 are injured.
Severe Thunderstorms - NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
A thunderstorm is considered severe if it produces hail at least 1 inch in diameter or has wind gusts of at least 58 miles per hour. Every thunderstorm produces lightning, which kills more people some years than tornadoes or hurricanes . Heavy rain from thunderstorms can cause flash flooding. High winds can damage homes and blow down trees and utility poles, causing widespread power outages. Every year people are killed or seriously injured because they didn't hear or ignored severe thunderstorms warnings. The information in this section, combined with timely watches and warnings about severe weather, could save your life.
- Listen to local news, mobile apps or NOAA Weather Radio for emergency updates. Watch for signs of a storm, like darkening skies, lightning flashes or increasing wind.
- If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be in danger from lightning. If thunder roars, go indoors! Don't wait for rain. Lightning can strike out of a clear blue sky. Learn more about lightning safety .
- Avoid electrical equipment and corded telephones. Cordless phones, cell phones and other wireless handheld devices are safe to use.
- If you are driving, try to safely exit the roadway and park. Stay in the vehicle and turn on the emergency flashers until the heavy rain ends.
- If you are outside and cannot reach a safe building, avoid high ground; water; tall, isolated trees; and metal objects such as fences or bleachers. Picnic shelters, dugouts and sheds are NOT safe.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation. We appreciate our staff, players and their families!