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Feb, 2021

HPFC Cold Weather Guidelines

How cold is too cold and who gets to decide?  As with anything, if you think a situation is too dangerous for your player, by all means keep your player home.  We always want to encourage our young athletes to be safe.  This can mean not practicing if it's too cold or rainy.  Please work on communicating with your Team’s Coach and Team Manager, or Camp & Clinic if this is the case.

Who has authority to CANCEL...

Prior to Practice? Director of Operations, Director of Coaching and Technical Director are all authorized to cancel practices in the event conditions become unsafe. 

Prior to Skills Camp? Director of Operations, Director of Coaching and Technical Director are all authorized to cancel practices in the event conditions become unsafe. 

During Practice? 
Coaching Staff on the Field are authorized to discontinue practices when conditions become unsafe.

League Matches?  PSPL makes a determination prior to a match kicking off. And Referees can cancel if conditions become dangerous during a game.

When we cancel practice or games, we make every effort to notify parents and players as soon as we can.  Communication channels include email, by our GameChanger app, or staff turning your around at the field.

Below are some Cold Weather Tips and Guidelines as provided by US Soccer.  A lot of this information went into our HPFC Emergency Action Plan.

DRESS FOR THE COLD

When temperatures drop and wind increases, the body loses heat more rapidly. It is important to dress appropriately when training or playing in cold weather. This also means to not overdress.

Layering clothing in a specific way (see box) is recommended and very effective. The layers can be added or removed based on body temperature and changing environmental conditions, such as temperature and wind. Allow players to wear additional clothing, like gloves, sweatshirts, sweat pants and/or hats or headbands. Also, avoid sweating before going outside because your body will cool too quickly.

STAY DRY

Wet and damp conditions add to the risk of injury or illness during cold weather. Players, coaches and referees should recognize these factors and use additional caution to watch for potential cold injuries.

If players do get wet during training or play, remove wet or saturated clothing and replace it with dry clothing. This becomes more important if the individual will remain out of play or anticipates standing around for a prolonged period of time. A hat, gloves and extra pair of socks can also keep extremities dry in case of snow or rain.

STAY HYDRATED

Cold weather often reduces our ability to recognize that we are becoming dehydrated. If you are thirsty you have already become dehydrated. Try putting warm or hot water in a water bottle so that your water doesn’t freeze when training for extended amounts of time outside.

TAKE ACTION

If someone is suffering from a cold-related illness, get him or her into a warm location as soon as possible. Identify a nearby warming location before the start of training or play.
During games provide blankets or other items for players to stay warm while they are on the bench and allow additional substitutions or warming breaks.

WIND CHILL

Pay attention to the wind chill temperature (WCT) Index. Even prolonged exposure in relatively mild temperatures can lead to frostbite. The National Weather Service wind chill chart can serve as a guide to safe play in cold weather.  Highline Premier utilizes a WCT index when deciding whether to cancel practices.

 

Contact Us

Highline Premier Football Club

126 SW 148th Street, Suite C100 - Box 187
Burien, Washington 98166

Phone: 206-825-0313
Email: [email protected]

Highline Premier Football Club

126 SW 148th Street, Suite C100 - Box 187
Burien, Washington 98166

Phone: 206-825-0313
Email: [email protected]
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