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Jul, 2021

HPFC Smoke Season Guidelines

In what seems to be a new season in the Pacific Northwest, "Smoke Season" is fast approaching and we want our HPFC players and families to be prepared for its arrival.

Our HPFC Director of Operations monitors a variety of weather conditions daily.   When smoke increases and local air pollution numbers rise, we monitor on an hourly basis to ensure our players have a safe training environment.  HPFC will step in and cancel team training depends on the air quality reports found on AirNowSeattle.  Generally speaking, so long as we remain below an Air Quality Index ("AQI") of 151, the decision to host or cancel training rests with the individual coaches.

We use the following chart to assist in determining when and how to modify practices (up to and including canceling sessions).

 AQI Category Index Value Description of Air Quality  HPFC Operation Mode
 Good 0 to 50   Air quality is satisfactory  Normal operations.
 Moderate  51 to 100  Air quality is acceptable  No modifications to HPFC training sessions
 Unhealthy of Sensitive Groups  101 to 150  Members of sensitive groups may experience health effects  HPFC training sessions modified  
 Unhealthy  151 to 200  Some members of the general public may experience health effects  HPFC training may be moved indoors
 Very Unhealthy / Hazardous 200 and above  Significant risk of health effect for everyone   All Training and Games canceled

The factors that coaches need to consider are when canceling their individual team practice are: 
  • The health and safety of their players and themselves; 
  • The age of their players (the younger the player, the more at risk they are); 
  • Whether practices have been canceled in the past; 
  • The wishes of their team/parents; 
  • Developmental needs of their teams; 

Everything below that is a judgment call made by the coach and the individual PARENTS. If a player is particularly sensitive to air quality (e.g. has sports asthma, asthma, or other conditions), they should stay home. Parents should use their best judgment for their children. If you have any questions about whether your child should participate, please call your child's doctor for advice.

If a parent is concerned about their child's safety, they should keep them home even if the team plans to continue training. In addition, children, teenagers, and those with sensitivities are considered part of the "sensitive group" and as such, here is what the Air Now website, says should be done: 

  • Sensitive groups: Reduce prolonged or heavy exertion. It’s OK to be active outside but take more breaks and do less intense activities. Watch for symptoms such as coughing or shortness of breath. 
  • Asthma: People with asthma should follow their asthma action plans and keep quick-relief medicine handy. 
  • Heart Disease: Symptoms such as palpitations, shortness of breath, or unusual fatigue may indicate a serious problem. If you have any of these, contact your health care provider.

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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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