Back to school: sports and storms

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    (KUTV) — It’s that time of year, again! The weather is changing as many of our kids are heading back to school and participating in outdoor sports.

    Utah High School Activities Association says rain, thunder and lightning could impact the sports schedule.

    “Safety is certainly one of the most important things when it comes to our student athletes,” said UHSAA’s Rob Cuff.

    Amelia Slama-Catron has seen the impact firsthand. The multiple-sport athlete has experienced weather-related delays during her sports career.

    “It can be difficult transitioning from the hot summer to the fall. But we tend to play better as a team when it gets cooler, so I’m excited for the change of seasons,” she said. “If there’s lightning, we have to stop the game. So that’s always disappointing.”

    While players are anticipating some storms this time of year, Cuff said the most significant weather impacts generally occur during the springtime.

    High school administrators have the authority to postpone or cancel events. During a game and up to 30 minutes before the start of the event, the authority is in the hands of the referees.

    “They’ll determine whether or not to suspend a game, call a game, those types of things, due to weather. Take cover. Wait it out.”

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