The HBUA has recently decided to update its lightning rule to align with the rule set out by Baseball Ontario. As such, we have removed the term “lightning safe park” from our website and our venues. The following should be followed in all games in which we umpire;
When thunder roars, go indoors! At the first sound of thunder, the game must be stopped and shelter must be obtained. This would include allowing players and coaches to retreat to their vehicles while we wait 30 minutes from each sound of thunder or sight of lightning.
Please ensure that we are following this change, to spite opinions on the rule. This is a big change in the City of Hamilton as we are no longer calling the game at the first sight of lightning or sound of thunder as we are now stopping the game and waiting it out in all cases.
Any clarification can be sought out from your executive team.