first_imgIf you tried to listen to the Batesville/Milan football game last Friday night, you know it was interrupted by lightning.  I know the Indiana rule, and I believe it has become basically a national rule.  If lightning is observed, the field must be cleared and you must wait 30 minutes before returning to the field.  Every time there is a lightning strike, the clock restarts.  The lightning does not have to be close at hand, just observed by an official on the field.This is a very good rule because we all know that lightning is not predictable.  Strikes sometime seem to occur even when there are no threatening clouds visible above you.  This can become quite aggravating when any school is trying to determine what to do with an outdoor sport that can be played  even it is raining.  This is especially troublesome if football, track, and golf are involved.  Sports like baseball, softball, and tennis are effected differently in rain. Their fields become muddy or the court becomes to slick.There is no rule to help officials know when to call a game, meet, or match and reschedule it.  Sometimes these delays drag on for several hours when re-scheduling on a different day becomes quite a headache.  Safety has to come first!last_img