I have noticed when we attended some girls' soccer games, a pretty new activity for us, it was thundering and lightning off in the distance, raining a little. I had heard that even if the lightning is in the distance, you get inside anyway. They kept the game going as if it were just a very serious matter to keep it going, and would not call the game until a bolt of lightning struck a light pole on the field! This was a little girls' soccer game for goodness sake. These school sports have taken on a life of their own, and adults who are supposed to know better, treat them like they are life and death (which they may well become for reasons other than they imagine); guess the coach's job and the school administration is the name of the game at the end of the day. A lot more people than one would think seem to like risk taking.
Last year a young man from our church was killed at the beach by a lightning bolt from nowhere - no thunderstorm at all. But when you see the storm - for goodness' sake get off the field. I think in NJ the sports teams are somewhat more cautious after a few instances of golfers and soccer players being struck.