Practices & Games in the Heat
JUNE 23rd, 2017
KIDSPORTS Coaches and Families,
Now that baseball/softball season is in full swing and the milder temperatures/rainy weather seems to be behind us, we can all share in the responsibility to keep everyone safe and healthy in the hotter weather conditions.
For practices and games, we generally follow the high school OSAA guidelines regarding heat index.
The heat index is a value that takes into account temperature and relative humidity.
When the heat index exceeds 105, activities should be stopped.
There are some high temperatures forecast for Friday (93) , Saturday (100) , Sunday (94).
In each case, the relative humidity is forecast to be 20%-30% during the afternoon hours when the temperature is high. When the relative humidity is less than 40%, the heat index is simply equal to the temperature.
So, the heat index is not expected to exceed 100 at any point, and certainly not approach 105.
We plan to play all scheduled games over the next few days.
Here are some items to keep in mind during your practices and games on these days with a high heat index:
- Athletes should hydrate before practices and games.
- Water should always be available and athletes should be able to take in as much water as they desire throughout practices and games.
- Watch/monitor athletes and take frequent water breaks and rest breaks.
- For players that wear a lot of equipment, like catchers, be sure to rotate players from that position frequently so that they don’t overheat from wearing bulky gear for excessive periods of time.
- Seek out and utilize shaded areas, and out of direct sunlight as necessary.
- Apply adequate sunscreen.
As is always the case throughout the year in any sport season, if any parent feels that any situation is unsafe for their particular child they should not participate.
Thank you for a great season so far and let’s keep up the great sportsmanship!