Thank Tlaloc for the Rain

We got the 9:00am game in today at Sandy Spring Middle School. Then the lightning came. Unfortunately, Georgia’s thunderstorm season sits smack dab in the middle of the Spring Lacrosse Season. While Riverwood and Marist High Schools graciously provide us with turf fields on most weekends, we cannot play when lightning and thunder are nearby. Page 98 of the NFHS rulebook states: “When thunder is heard, or a cloud-to-ground lightning bolt is seen, the thunderstorm is close enough to strike your location with lightning. Suspend play and take shelter immediately.”

Tlaloc - Ender of Lacrosse Games

Tlaloc - Ender of Lacrosse Games

So we must all thank the Aztec Rain God, Tlaloc, for the gift of rain instead of the gift of lacrosse. The Encyclopaedia-Brittanica states that Tlaloc was worshipped and feared. Worshipped because he brought life-giving rain to crops, and feared because he “hurled […] lightning upon the earth.” Well, we lacrosse enthusiasts do not farm. So thunderstorms on a Saturday are not desirable.

Despite the cancelation of today’s games, next Saturday’s (4/2) forecast is Sunny and 72 degrees. I do ask if anyone is doing rain dances to Tlaloc – please wait until the end of the season.

Stay tuned for a video or two later today. Since I am stuck in the house I need to find some way of keeping busy.


About Lou Corsetti

Gordon is a born lacrosse official who played for ten years before realizing he'd much rather ref the game than play it. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia and officiates youth, high school, and collegiate men's lacrosse games all over the southeast. His passion is educating and training officials, coaches, players, parents and all other fans on the rules of lacrosse, it's history, and how best to develop lacrosse in new areas.

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