Heavy rain and storms are expected to roll in Friday night just in time for high school football. The WIAA Deputy Director says most games in our area should go on as scheduled., but coaches, trainers and officials will have to keep an eye on the sky.
The WIAA rules state that if anyone spots lightening the game must be stopped for at least a half an hour. If, after that half an hour, there's no lightening play can resume. But if it continues, some tough decisions will have to be made.
"If there is lightening and the team is winning and it's 30 to nothing, both coaches can get together and mutually agree to terminate the game and the game is done.," WIAA Deputy Director Wade Labecki explains adding, "The official is the only person who can determine whether or not the weather is dangerous enough or extenuated enough to suspend the game or postpone the game."
Coaches and officials also have the power to stop a game for anything that puts players safety in jeopardy, including an overly muddy field.
If the game is suspended, teams will most likely make the game up on Saturday. But with a dreary forecast, games may have to be played Monday. It's important to note there are limitation on rescheduling games. Each team has to have at least three days in between games. If a team plays again on Thursday, rescheduling could become a problem.
Another concern is the safety of the fans in the stands.
"They should have a plan that if there is lightening, where they are going to evacuate people to," Labecki says. "Most schools, or most football fields are around the school building so you would evacuate the people into the school building. So they should have their emergency action plan ready to go."
Labecki says what it all boils down to using your common sense.
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