Too Hot to Play?

Is it Too Hot to Play?

Deciding when it is too hot to play sports depends on the heat index.  When we assessing the hoe the heat can effect our practices or games, we always keep in mind the following:

  • Hot, dry weather can be extremely dangerous. Because sweat evaporates very quickly in such conditions, your child won’t feel sweaty, and neither you nor your child may recognize how much water he or she has lost.
  • As the relative humidity increases, the effectiveness of sweating in cooling the body decreases.
  • When the relative humidity is high, sweat drips off the skin so that the cooling benefit of evaporation is lost even at cooler temperatures, resulting in a build-up of body heat.
Heat Index under 95° All sports:

  • Provide ample amounts of water. This means water should always be available and athletes should take in as much water as they desire.
  • Optional water breaks every 30 minutes for 10 minutes duration.
  • Ice-down towels for cooling
  • Watch/monitor athletes carefully for necessary action
Heat Index 95° to 99° All sports:

  • Provide ample amounts of water. This means water should always be available and athletes should take in as much water as they desire.
  • Mandatory water breaks every 30 minutes for 10 minutes duration.
  • Ice-down towels for cooling
  • Watch/monitor athletes carefully for necessary action

Contact sports:

  • Helmets and other possible equipment removed if not involved in contact

Reduce time of outside activity. Consider postponing practice to later in the day
Re-check temperature and humidity every 30 minutes to monitor for increased Heat Index

Heat index 100° to 104° All sports:

  • Provide ample amounts of water. This means water should always be available and athletes should take in as much water as they desire.
  • Mandatory water breaks every 30 minutes for 10 minutes duration.
  • Ice-down towels for cooling
  • Watch/monitor athletes carefully for necessary action
  • Alter uniform by removing items if possible
  • Reduce time of outside activity as well as indoor activity if air conditioning unavailable
  • Postpone practice to later in day if possible

Contact sports and activities with additional equipment:

  • Helmets and other possible equipment removed if not involved in contact or necessary for safety. If necessary for safety, suspend activity.

Re-check temperature and humidity every 30 minutes to monitor for increased Heat Index

Heat index above 104° All sports:

  • Stop all outside activity in practice and/or play, and stop all inside activity if air conditioning is unavailable.