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Weather Tips at USA CUP

07/17/2017, 4:00pm CDT
By Media Staff

With hot, and potentially stormy weather in the forecast for Schwan’s USA CUP this week, here are a few public service tips to help you beat the heat, and stay safe in storms. 

Tournament Heat Index:

Heat index flags will be flown on the flagpole on the roof of Schwan Center. Heat status is also communicated through, social media, and via radio to all field managers all over the campus. 

  • Green Flag - Normal play condition
  • Yellow Flag - Moderate heat conditions; 2-minute water breaks at the middle of each half is instituted. The clock is stopped during water breaks.
  • Red Flag - Extreme heat conditions; game lengths shortened by 5 minutes per half. In playoff rounds, the overtime periods may be eliminated. Instituted water breaks continue.
  • Black Flag - Suspension of play. Heat, inclement weather or other emergencies may cause suspension of game. Suspension does not mean cancellation of games. After a suspension is called, games may be restarted.  In the event games are cancelled, games that have completed the first half of play are considered final.


The word of the week is PRE-HYDRATE. Drink plenty of water in the days leading up to the tournament, throughout the evening of each day during the tournament, and of course all day long while you are playing.



There are ample cool indoor places on campus for people to stay cool before you play and after your game -- Schwan Super Rink, Sport Expo Center (INARIA Retail Store), Sports Hall, Welcome Center, Victory Links Clubhouse. Don’t linger outside during the hottest part of the day.



In addition to six indoor buildings with water (Sports Hall, Sport Expo Center, Schwan Super Rink, Victory Links Clubhouse, Welcome Center, Residence Hall), there are three outdoor water stations (north end of field M3, south end of field I2 and north of field U2.)



Healthy, nutritious meals and plenty of sleep will help your players deal with the heat, especially later in the week when bodies get tired.



If it’s just rain, Schwan’s USA CUP will play on. But if lightning is nearby, we will go to black flag conditions. Play will be suspended. It’s important that everyone goes to a safe location – inside a building, car or USA CUP bus. And do not go outside again until the all-clear is sounded.

USA CUP will stay in black flag for 30 minutes after the last lightning strike. This is the industry-standard for outdoor events like golf tournaments, festivals and college football games. Our weather staff has lightning detection software, so we have the tools to make that call.

We get a lot of questions like, “How long will this last?” and “What’s the plan when we restart?”

The answer to the first question is “We don’t know.” We’re not trying to be frustrating, but even if we’re looking at radar (which we are), storms can behave in an unpredictable manner. Sometimes radar may appear to show the lightning clearing the area, only to have a new disturbance develop in just minutes.

And the answer to question #2 will depend on the duration of the black-flag suspension, time of daylight remaining, and the condition of the fields. If it’s a long suspension, lasting hours, games may need to shortened. If the fields absorbed heavy precipitation, some fields may not be playable and games will need to be moved. 


Tag(s): July 17, 2017