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Nov, 2021

HPFC Cold Weather Guidelines

This week the cold temps and wet conditions that come with Winter in the Pacific Northwest returned. This may leave some of our parents asking, when it comes to soccer, how cold is too cold and who gets to decide?


Below is an article we published last Winter that can help answer that question and provides some helpful tips for braving the elements.


As with anything, when you think a situation is too dangerous for your player, keep them home. Player safety is our first priority. When you choose to keep your player home, please work on communicating with your Team’s Coach and Team Manager or Camp & Clinic Staff.


Who has the authority to CANCEL?


***Before Practice?***

Director of Operations, Director of Coaching, and Technical Director are all authorized to cancel practices if conditions become unsafe. 


***Before Skills Camp?***

Director of Operations, Director of Coaching, and Technical Director are all authorized to cancel practices if conditions become unsafe. 

 

***During Practice?***

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


***League Matches?***

WPL decides before a match kickoff. Game 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 possible. Communication channels include email, 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. Therefore, dressing appropriately when training or playing in cold weather is essential. This also means not overdressing.

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 get wet during training or play, remove damp or saturated clothing and replace it with dry clothing. This becomes more important if the individual remains out of play or anticipates standing around for a prolonged time. A hat, gloves, and extra pair of socks can also keep extremities dry in 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 them 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 on the bench and allow additional substitutions or warming breaks.


WIND CHILL


Pay attention to the wind chill temperature (WCT) Index. Even prolonged exposure to 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.


We hope this information is helpful and as always if you have any questions about our protocols or procedures, feel free to reach out to our Director of Operations or Director of Coaching.

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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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