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Oct, 2022

HPFC Cold Weather Guidelines

This weekend the cold temps and wet conditions that come with Fall and 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?

 

Player safety is our first priority.  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.

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.

 

Below are some Cold Weather Tips and Guidelines as provided by US Soccer.  This information went into our HPFC Emergency Action Plan (EAP) that guides coaches during these events.


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 is recommended and very effective. Layers can be added or removed based on body temperature and changing environmental conditions, such as temperature and wind. Coaches should allow players to wear additional clothing, like gloves, sweatshirts, sweat pants, and/or hats or headbands. Also, players should 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.  Players should replace these items 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.

 

ALERT LEVEL

WCT°

EVENT CONDITIONS

RECOMMENDED WORK TO REST RATIOS (ACTIONS & BREAKS)

BLACK

< 0°

Extreme Conditions*

Cancel or attempt to move activities indoors. Frostbite could occur.

RED

1° - 15°

High Risk for Cold Related Illness*

Consider modifying activity to limit exposure and allow for more frequent chances to rewarm.

ORANGE

16° - 24°

Moderate Risk for Cold Related Illness*

Provide additional protective clothing, cover as much exposed skin as practical, and provide opportunities and facilities for rewarming.

YELLOW

25° - 30°

Less than Ideal Conditions*

Be aware of the potential for cold injury and notify appropriate personnel of the potential.

GREEN

>30°

Good Conditions*

Normal Activities. 3 Separate 3 minute breaks each hour of training, OR a 10 minute break every 40 minutes.

 

As with any environmental condition, if you believe it is unsafe to have your child out there, please keep them home and update your RSVP in GameChanger so the team is aware.


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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