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Coaches may decide to postpone or cancel practices for weather. The Head Lifeguard has the final decision for allowing swimmers into the pool.
If lightning is seen or the Thorguard alarm sounds a single, continuous tone, the pool deck must be cleared immediately. The all-clear signal for Thorguard is three separate tones. The Head Lifeguard has the final decision for allowing swimmers into the pool.
A meet can not be cancelled until 30 minutes after the scheduled start time. Swimmers are expected to be at the pool, ready to swim, once the pool is deemed safe. The Head Referee and/or Park District of the home team has the decision to call the end of the meet.
Rain without lightning – proceed with meet. Rain with lightning – delay meet until lightning stops up to a maximum of 7 hours (As meets usually run 6 hours, a 7-hour delay would end the meet at approximately 10pm). All efforts must be made to hold the meet, so all swimmers are expected to be present and ready to swim.