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Safety during Thunder Storms

The lightning alert system at the Australian International School operates 7 days a week between 7am – 7pm. The system is switched off outside of these hours because AIS is situated in a residential area. During the powered off periods, the outside hours lightning policy will be in effect.
Details on the system are as follows:
In the event of lightning-
- An alarm will sound- length of siren is approx. 60 sec
- The alarm will be accompanied by a red flashing light- the light will flash whilst electrical activity is present
- Once the alert system goes off, all coaches, players and parents are required to seek shelter immediately. Please note that tents and awnings are not adequate forms of shelter.
- When it is safe to resume outdoor activity, a 30 sec siren will sound and the revolving light will switch off
Outside hours policy
The Head Coach or other SSFC representative (if present) will make the decision to clear the pitch if necessary.  Once there has been a flash of lightning, the Head Coach or SSFC representative will instruct all personnel to evacuate immediately by blowing three sharp blasts of a whistle.

All personnel on the pitch must seek shelter under a building where there is a lightning arrestor.  Tents and marquees are not safe shelters.

A thunder storm is considered to have ended when there have been no sightings of lightning for 30 minutes
This condition must be fulfilled in order to resume activities.


Singapore is impacted by smoke haze when there are forest fires in the region and the prevailing Southwest Monsoon winds blow the smoke from the fires in our direction. This generally happens during the period of May to October each year and can have an impact on both players and coaches at SSFC.
For PSI readings between 1 and 50:
- Monitor readings, but advise no impact on student activity including outside sport and play
For PSI readings between 50 and 100:
- Take more drink breaks
- Seek help if any breathing issues
- Monitor players and coaches with known medical issues such as asthma, breathing issues or cardiac conditions.
For PSI readings between 101 and 200:
- All outside sports to cease
- Sports to be relocated to air conditioned gym (if possible)
- Players to remain inside during breaks

Code of conduct – Parents and Spectators

  • Encourage children to participate regardless of ability

  • Encourage participants to always play by the rules

  • Never ridicule mistakes or losses

  • Remember that participants learn best by example. Applaud good play by all teams

  • Never publicly disagree with officials. If you disagree, raise the issue privately through appropriate channels

  • Actively discourage racial abuse

  • Recognise the value and importance of volunteer coaches

  • Remember that participants play for fun and are not miniature professionals

  • Condemn the use of violence in any form, be it by spectators, coaches, officials or players

  • Encourage players to accept the umpire's decisions

  • Demonstrate exemplary behaviour by not using foul language, or harassing players, coaches or officials

  • Smoking and the consumption of alcohol is unacceptable at junior sport


Code of conduct – Coaches and Teachers

  • Be reasonable in your demands: consider young players' time, energy and enthusiasm levels

  • Avoid over-playing the talented players. The just 'average' players' need and deserve equal time. n Keep winning in perspective: maximise participation because children participate for fun and enjoyment

  • Stress safety: ensure that equipment and facilities are safe and appropriate for age and ability levels

  • Consider maturity levels: match up practice schedules, activities and degree of competition

  • Develop team respect: for opponents as well as for the judgement of officials and opposing coaches

  • Recognise the importance of injury: seek and follow the physician's advice concerning injured players

  • Keep informed: with sound principles of coaching and skill development, and development of children

  • Teach sporting behaviour: create opportunities to teach appropriate sports behaviour as well as basic skills
  • Get priorities right: ensure skill learning and appropriate behaviour are the priority over competition

  • Teach fair play: help children understand the responsibilities and implications of their freedom to choose between fair and unfair play

Adapted from the Australian Sorts Commission Sporting Conduct Document.