Athletic Events & Lightning Safety
The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has a document which discusses Lightning Safety and Athletic Events. This document should be reviewed by all coaches, officials, and parents.
To get this free document, go HERE.
The lightning safety information is on page 13.
Parents are strongly encouraged to print this NCAA document and share it with other parents, coaches and officials.
From the Lightning Statistics section of the Colorado Lightning Resource Page:
02 June 2005, 1701 mst (1801 mdt), Pueblo county, In Pueblo: Lighting struck a 13 year old female while scrimmaging for a softball game at Pueblo East High School . The girl was critically injured and transported to Denver . (Case Study)
19 July 2006, 1700 mst (1800 mdt); El Paso county: A male little league coach was struck by lightning in Fremont park. Fremont park is located 6 miles north-northeast of Colorado Springs (Case Study)
19 July 2006, 1630 mst (1730 mdt); Teller county: A 17 year old young man who was playing soccer in Woodland Park was struck and killed by lightning (Case Study).
1999 August 19th, 1700 mst, El Paso county, 8 injured, 0 fatal:
8 football players from the Grace Fellowship church were affected by a nearby lightning flash.
1996 October 16th, 1500 mst, Larimer county, 3 injured, 0 fatal:
Lightning flash hit a goal post at CSU in Ft Collins injuring 3 football players (age unknown) nearby.
1995 May 29th, 1515 mst, Jefferson county, 6 injured, 0 fatal:
Lightning struck a soccer post injuring 6 nearby spectators.