Severe Weather Plans For All Diamonds
Each night/day games are scheduled to be played, the Executive Director will check the weather forecast for any imposing weather, which may cause the games to be delayed or cancelled for the evening.The Executive Director and the Site Directors will be in contact with each other throughout the evening. The above mentioned will monitor the weather situation via the local radio stations, TV stations, and calls to the National Weather Service when weather conditions warrant concern. Cancellation prior to games beginning will happen when: Thunder is heard or lightning is sighted and it is lightening 1/2 hour prior to game time. Rain is at a complete downpour for an extended period of time. It has been raining for an extended period prior to game time leaving standing water in the infield and/or outfield. Cancellation is determined by a tour of the diamonds by the Director of Operations, Assistant to the Director of Operations, and the Site Directors. Wind conditions that blow consistently at 40 miles per hour or more. Tornado warnings for Minnehaha or Lincoln Counties.
Regarding Extreme Temperatures - Predicted actual temperatures below 42 degrees will cancel SEBA development league games and practices. Predicted Heat Index of 116 or higher will also cause a cancellation of SEBA development league games and practices. If temperatures do become high, we recommend that parents and coaches provide your player(s) with plenty of water and that you bring a towel dampened with cold water to put around the player’s neck when they are in the dugout. The towel should be put in a cooler of ice to cool off while the player is in the field.
Game cancellation information will be updated on our website at www.siouxempirebaseball.org and on Facebook. .
In case of inclement weather either before or during the games, two (2) horn blasts means that play is temporarily halted. Have the players and fans take cover in dugouts and vehicles until weather permits restarting the game. Games will start exactly where they left off. In case of severe weather, one long sustained horn blow will mean all games will stop for the night. All players and fans must take cover in their vehicles and leave the complex.
-A temporary halt of games may be done if these conditions move through the area within 15 minutes before gametime. Any timeframe beyond that will warrant a complete cancellation of the night’s games.
-In the event of severe weather erupting suddenly while games are in play, the Site Directors will use the air horn to notify the teams with repeated horn blasts. Players and fans must take cover in their vehicles and leave the complex.
These plans will be reviewed annually by the SEBA Board. The SEBA Board kindly reminds all families that it is up to the discretion of the parents/guardians of a child to determine if they feel weather is unsafe for play. SEBA will follow the policies and guidelines layed out in this weather policy.
On site, the Site Directors use cell phones to communicate with the Executive Director and with the National Weather Service for updates on any potential weather related situations. Once games are in progress, the Site Director, at times in conjunction with Executive Director, will be responsible for canceling games by notifying the participants and the fans at the complex. The Site Directors will notify the teams personally or through the air horn system.
Evacuation Procedures –
Elmwood Complex – Players and fans will move to their vehicles and evacuate using the different streets surrounding the park.
Covell Complex - Players and fans will move to their vehicles and evacuate using the different streets surrounding the park.
Pasley Complex – Players and fans will move to their vehicles and evacuate using the road to Southeastern Ave. and the bike trail that leads to 26th St.
Harmodon Complex – Players and fans will move to their vehicles and evacuate using the road to 41st St. or the road to 57th St.
In the event players and fans cannot leave the complexes, we will use any buildings deemed severe weather shelters by the city at each of the complexes.