ARTICLE I - PURPOSES AND FUNDAMENTAL POLICY
ARTICLE II - MEMBERSHIP
ARTICLE III - ORGANIZATION & GOVERNANCE
ARTICLE IV - GAME & CHAMPIONSHIP MANAGEMENT
Conduct of each official sport shall be governed by the Sports Regulations of the Conference. The sports regulations are determined by a vote of the Sports Committee of each conference sport with approval by the Advisory Board.
ARTICLE V - CONFERENCE AWARDS
ARTICLE VI - COMPLIANCE
ARTICLE VII - ELIGIBILITY AND HARDSHIP
ARTICLE VIII - CONDUCT AND SANCTIONS
ARTICLE IX - STUDENT ATHLETE ADVISORY COMMITTEE (SAAC)
The Conference SAAC is established with the SAAC Constitution and By-Laws approved and listed on the conference website. (Approved 2008)
ARTICLE X - STRATEGIC PLAN
The Conference Strategic Plan is established and approved with the Strategic Plan on file at the conference office and at the offices of each institution President, CEO or Chancellor. (Approved 2008)
On the field, when hazardous weather conditions exist, the game monitor (host trainer is the lead person, but game adminstrator, coach, or umpire can also make this recommendation) will monitor the weather through the use of a lightning detector and/or observation. In the event of lightning or thunder, the flash-to-bang (lightning to thunder) method will be used to assist in the decision to evacuate the field. The National Severe Storms Laboratory strongly recommends that all individuals should leave the game site and reach a safe structure or location by the time the person monitoring the weather obtains a flash-to-bang count of 30 seconds (equivalent to lightning being six miles away.)
- Count seconds from the time the lightning is seen to when the clap of thunder is heard.
- Divide this number by 5 to obtain how far away (in miles) the lightning is occurring.
- All personnel are to be completely off the field by a count of 30 seconds (6 miles away).
When the lightning detector or flash-to-bang results dictate evacuation, the monitor will inform the head coaches and the head referee/umpire of the hazardous weather condition and initiation of the evacuation procedures. The host trainer will continue to monitor the weather condition until it’s decided that it is safe to return to the field. Activity resumption is based on:
- 30 minutes after the last flash of lightning
- 30 minutes after the last sound of thunder
- A safety check of the field for unsafe field/equipment conditions
Note, that a real risk exists with the presence of lightning at greater distances. The existence of blue sky and absence of rain are not protection from lightning. Lightning can, and does, strike as far as 10 miles away from the rain shaft. It does not have to be raining for lightning to strike. If available, electronic detection devices should be used as additional tools to determine the severity of weather. However, such deices should not be used as the sol source when considering terminating play.