SA CITY Lightning Protocol

San Antonio City Soccer Club Procedures – Updated 8/27/2014
Lightning can strike quickly and unexpectedly, and it can be deadly. We do not take chances with lightning. Obey all lightning policies in place at any park, field, facility, event.

In addition:

● If you can see lightning then you should leave the field, and any open space including the parking lot and take cover inside a vehicle or building.

● Return to field/play should occur a minimum of twenty (20) minutes after the most recent sighting of lightning if it is clear the storm has passed, and thirty (30) minutes if it is not clear the storm has passed, on the radar.

● Understanding of SAFE lightning shelters is essential.

● SAFE evacuation sites include:
○ Fully enclosed metal vehicles with windows up.
○ Substantial buildings.
○ The low ground. Seek cover in clumps of bushes.

○ All outdoor metal objects like flag poles, fences and gates, high mast light poles, metal bleachers, golf cars, machinery, etc.
○ AVOID trees.
○ AVOID water.
○ AVOID open fields.
○ AVOID the high ground.

● Lightning’s distance from you is easy to calculate: if you hear thunder, it and the associated lightning are within auditory range…about 6-8 miles away. The distance from Strike A to Strike B also can be 6-8 miles. Ask yourself why you should NOT go to shelter immediately. A good lightning safety motto is: “If you can see it (lightning) flee it; if you can hear it (thunder), clear it.”

● Wait a minimum of 30 minutes from the last observed lightning or thunder before resuming activities. This can be reduced to 20 minutes, if it is absolutely clear and the storm cell has passed. If you have any doubts, then use 30 minutes.

● People who have been struck by lightning do not carry an electrical charge and are safe to handle. Apply first aid immediately if you are qualified to do so. Get emergency help promptly.

● A coach should never ask players to ‘quickly pick up equipment’ before evacuating the fields because of lightning.

Concussion Protocol

ImPACT on-field Cognitive Test

Ask the athlete the following questions:
What stadium is this? What month is is?
What city is this? What day is it?
Who is the opposing team?

Anterograde amnesia

Have the athlete repeat the following words:
Girl, dog, green Cat, blue, boy

Retrograde amnesia

Ask the athlete the following questions:

– What happened in the most recent quarter/period?
– What do you remember just before you were hit?
– What was the score of the game just before you were hit?
– Do you remember the hit?

Ask the athlete to….
Repeat the days of the week backwards, starting with today
Repeat these numbers backwards:
63 (36 is correct) 419 (914 is correct)
71 (17 is correct) 956 (659 is correct)

Word list memory
Ask the athlete…
Can you tell me the three words I asked you to remember earlier?
girl, dog, green
cat, blue, boy

Symptoms Reported By Athlete
Headache or “Pressure” in head Nausea or vomiting
Balance problems or dizziness Double or blurry vision
Sensitivity to light and noise Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy, or groggy
Concentration or memory problems Confusion
Does not “feel right”
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A concussion is caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or body.
A concussion can happen even if you haven’t been knocked out.
If you think you have a concussion, you should not return to play on the day of the injury and not until a health care professional says you are OK to return to play.
A concussion is a brain injury that affects how your brain works.

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Financial Assistance

Please complete the ‘Financial Aid’ form to apply.

Please complete the following sections of the 4506-T: 1A and 1B, 2A and 2B (if filing jointly), 3, and 4. DO

NOT FILL OUT any other fields. Please sign where indicated.

Only ONE application per family is required, regardless of the number of children you have in the club. NO AWARD will be considered without the completed application.

***Both sets of paperwork must be turned in together. Financial aid paperwork must include player’s team name.

Please submit all questions to  or 210.880.5772 x3.