Thunderstorm activity is most likely to occur in the mid-afternoon to early evening. Environment Canada's catchphrase is “when thunder roars, go indoors.” Thunderstorms are also sometimes accompanied by hailstones. If a thunderstorm is approaching and thunder can be heard, it is advisable to vacate the diamond. It is unsafe to stay near to high-reaching objects (backstop fences, trees, flagpoles) or metal objects (metal fencing, dugout benches, metal bats). One of the safest places to take shelter during a thunderstorm, if indoors is not an option, is inside a closed, metal vehicle avoiding contact with the frame of the vehicle.
During the play of a game, it is the umpire's decision to suspend or prematurely call a game complete due to the presence of thunder or lightning. It is very important to remain calm during thunderstorms to avoid hysteria among younger players. If a parent has a concern regarding thunderstorms, the appropriate avenue of addressing it is to speak with the team manager (or coach if no team manager is present) and request they speak to the umpire and a coach from the opposing team where a decision will be made together. The decision made by the coaches and umpire should be accepted and respected by all parents. If it is believed that a coach or umpire is not acting in the safety of the players, a report should be made to the Safety Officer and the Umpire-In-Chief as appropriate.
Play CAN NOT resume until 30 Minutes past the last incident of Lightning and/or Thunder.
Centennial Little League wishes to inform you that High Risk (Level 7) or higher will be considered unplayable conditions, and all games will be canceled by determination at 90 minutes prior to game start and no sooner.
With regards to moderate air quality levels 4 thru 6, the determination of play will rest with the responsible parties for the event and with the individual families and players. Centennial Little League will support the decision made in mutual agreement by head coaches with a scheduled game to reschedule for another date and time, subject to diamond and umpire availability. Centennial Little League will attempt to accommodate other events to be rescheduled due to air quality, such as team practices, but cannot guarantee diamond availability under these circumstances.
Centennial Little League also supports the decision made by a player and their family to be absent from an event due to health concerns, especially if underlying medical conditions exist. Centennial Little League strongly encourages openness with the team’s coaches and umpires if present should a player choose to attend despite concerns, and requests that a parent or guardian remain in attendance with the player to monitor the player's well-being. In the same regard, the parent or guardian is to be responsible for supervising and/or appropriately administering the players medication(s) if required.
During situations where play is occurring while the location is under an Air Health Quality Index of 1-6, all coaches and spectators are advised to be vigilant with early identification of symptoms of poor air quality affecting any individual present, not limited to players, coaches, umpires, and spectators. Symptoms of poor air quality include coughing, dry eyes/noses/mouths, aggravation of asthma, difficulty breathing, chest pains, irregular breathing patterns, wheezes, shortness of breath and uncomfortable awareness of breathing. Individual symptoms presenting themselves may not be serious on their own and should be responded to by seeking shelter in an indoors environment as soon as possible. In the event of an individual experiencing three symptoms or more, or otherwise severe forms of any symptom, may be a reason to seek medical help. Centennial Little League encourages any individual identifying an emergency to call 9-1-1 immediately.
A more in-depth description of the Air Health Quality Index can be found at the following link, as maintained by the Government of Canada - https://weather.gc.ca/airquality/pages/abaq-002_e.html
When the Government of Canada provides Heat Related Weather Warnings, Centennial Little League shall institute the following policy:
Using these guidelines from Little League International we wanted to provide the following considerations:
It is up to the coaches discretion on whether to play or practice in the heat. For a game situation that decision should be made between both coaches no later than 90 minutes before game time. Rescheduling the game will more than likely need to occur during existing practice time scheduled. Please communicate this to your division Coordinator, The Player Agent and the Umpire Scheduler so that both notifying umpires and rescheduling can be sorted out quickly.
Tball - email@example.com
Rookie Ball - firstname.lastname@example.org
Minors - email@example.com
Majors - firstname.lastname@example.org
Int/Jr/Sr - email@example.com
Player Agent - firstname.lastname@example.org
If you choose to go ahead and play or practice - please strongly consider the following:
Please make responsible choices while we are having these hotter temperatures than normal!
Centennial Little League wishes to inform you that no form of play will be initiated at temperatures of 5 degrees Celsius or less at the diamond location. Temperatures within the 5-10 degrees Celsius range with excessive rain or wind should also prompt coaches to consider discussing the possibility of postponement of a game or practice, with the other coaches and/or umpires involved as needed. In situations where cold weather is a factor, Centennial Little League encourages conversations with umpires and other coaches to allow for the use of warm clothing on the diamond whenever possible to avoid hypothermia and/or frostbite.