Severe Weather Policy
Our primary purpose is to provide a safe fun environment to play baseball and softball. At time, the weather may not cooperate. If you find yourself in a situation where the weather turns bad, you must adhere to our policy on severe weather.
HEARING THUNDER SHOULD BE CONSIDERED THE SAME AS SEEING LIGHTNING.
REMAINING IN THE DUGOUT IS NOT SAFE. PLAYERS AND FAMILIES MUST SEEK SHELTER IN A VEHICLE OR MORE SUBSTANTIAL SHELTER, IF AVAILABLE.
PLAY CANNOT RESUME UNTIL 30 MINUTES AFTER THE SEEING THE LAST BOLT OF LIGHTING OR HEARING THUNDER.
Many smartphone apps. such as Weatherbug, have a lightning strike feature that will tell you how far away lighting strikes are. Typically it is considered not to be safe if lightning is within 10 miles of your area. Use of such device is strongly encouraged to help you monitor the situation.
From Item 18. of Brighton Baseball's General Rules
18. The umpire shall immediately suspend play when thunder is heard or lightning is seen. All players, spectators and coaches shall leave the fields, dugouts and sidelines and take shelter in cars or substantial enclosed buildings. Dugouts are NOT SAFE and are not to serve as shelters to wait out thunderstorms. Play shall not resume until 30 minutes after the last lightning is seen or thunder is heard. Coaches are to follow the same policy with respect to practices and scrimmages where there is no official umpire present. The safety of players, coaches and spectators is our top priority and adherence to this policy will be strictly enforced. The game should be called if it is suspended within 45 minutes of the start time of the next scheduled game or the umpire and coaches conclude the field will be unplayable within a reasonable period of time after the weather passes. Little League rules will apply with respect to what constitutes a regulation game. Refer to Section 4.10 of the rule book for specifics.