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Cancellation due to lightning is a no brainer. I am not sure if the half hour rule is always a necessity; however, being on the safe side is certainly understandable. However, what about sports like cross country, baseball, or softball which have to play or run on some non grassy surfaces? Last weekend, for instance, a lot of high school cross country invitationals took place despite the horrible conditions on most courses.Football and soccer could be added to this list if they do not have good grassy surface. When you try to run or make starts and stops in wet, muddy conditions the threat of injury becomes very high. For instance, at a cross country meet at Brown County High School last Saturday, the athletes not only had to run in mud but they also ran through areas where standing water was more than 6 inches deep. Kids were falling, sliding down hills, loosing their shoes, and collecting enough mud on themselves and uniforms to start a garden. How about the coach or bus driver who was responsible for cleaning the bus after they brought these kids back? There are no locker rooms available for showers at Cross Country meets. I know re-scheduling is usually impossible, but cancellation is a smarter choice!