Sports fields are dangerous places to be during thunderstorms due to the danger of lightning strikes. That's why the National Weather Service and the Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Division of Emergency Management urge Texans to delay the game when thunderstorms approach.
In wide open areas like sports fields or golf courses, a person may be the tallest object. In addition, metal bleachers, fences, light poles and goal posts attract lightning. When lightning hits these objects, the charge travels along the object, potentially injuring anyone in contact with the metal. Lightning can bounce off any of these objects and strike people nearby.
Officials with schools, athletic programs, day care centers and summer camps, as well as coaches, referees and parents need to understand the dangers. Be prepared to suspend games and move the players and spectators inside nearby buildings or into cars and buses until the storm threat passes. Here are some lightning safety tips:
For more information visit the National Weather Service Lightning Safety page.