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Weather Policy

Information and procedures regarding weather and how it may affect practices and games. As all of us know, safety for our players is our primary concern. Please review the information and procedures below.

  - Mandatory water breaks should be taken about every 15 minutes in hot weather.
  - Bring cool/wet towels to cool down players during breaks.
  - Watch/monitor athletes carefully for necessary action.
  - Reduce time of practice, and when possible, delay the start of practices until after 5:30 PM  (confirm with league before doing this).  
 
On occasion Saratoga Soccer may cancel all practices for the day. If we decide to cancel practices you cannot practice (no exceptions).
 
The League may communicate field/practice closures when temperature is forecast to be above 95 degrees and/or Air Quality Forecast is status "Red/Unhealthy".


Source used for temperature is the National Weather Service and Air Quality monitored at AirNow.gov.

Individual coaches shall make the decision for their team in absence of League information and both coaches and families should be comfortable cancelling practice or player participation if they feel it is unhealthy. The League expects the Team Coaches to ensure the safety of the players and are free to cancel practice if in their opinion it is unsafe to play, even if below the parameters noted above.
  
Rain, field conditions, potential lightning strikes, smoke, and other factors may cause cancellations and if warranted we will ask all teams not to practice that day. We will do the same for games. If we cancel games they are not rescheduled. If we cancels games midway through the day all previous games that were completed earlier that day will not count in the standings.

Additional information on heat related illness can be found below. 

Understanding Heat Related Illness

Heat cramp symptoms may include:
  Usually mild to moderate cramping
  Severe, sometimes disabling, cramps that typically begin suddenly in the hands, calves, or feet.
  Hard, tense muscles.

What to Do:

  Have the player rest in a shady spot.
  Have the player drink cool water until the pain relents.
  If the player’s parents are on hand, have them help by massaging the affected muscles. 
  If possible, applying cool, wet cloths to help relax the muscles. 

Heat exhaustion symptoms may include:
  Nausea
  Headaches
  Excessive thirst
  Muscle aches and cramps
  Weakness
  Confusion or anxiety
  Drenching sweats, often accompanied by cold, clammy skin.
  Slowed or weakened heartbeat.
  Dizziness
  Fainting
  Agitation
**Heat exhaustion requires immediate attention but is not usually life-threatening. 

What to do:
  Have the player lie down in a shady spot and elevate his or her feet.
  Have the player remove his/her shoes, shin guards, and socks.
  If possible, apply cold packs to the armpit and scalp areas.
  Have the player drink cool water or an electrolyte solution (Gatorade, PowerAde, Pedialyte, etc)
  If possible, dampen the player’s skin with cool cloths.
  Fan the player to help evaporate excess sweat.
  If the player’s parents are on hand, have them remove the player’s shirt. 

Heat stroke symptoms include: Heat stroke can occur suddenly, without any symptoms of heat exhaustion. If a person is experiencing symptoms of heat stroke, OBTAIN MEDICAL CARE IMMEDIATELY= 911. Any delay could be fatal.
  Nausea and vomiting.
  Headache.
  Dizziness or vertigo.
  Fatigue.
  Hot, flushed, dry skin
  Rapid heart rate.
  Decreased sweating….often,  NOT SWEATING ANYMORE
  Shortness of breath.
  Decreased urination.
  Blood in urine or stool.
  Increased body temperature (104 to 106 degrees).
  Confusion, delirium, or loss of consciousness.
  Convulsions.

What to do:

  Call 911 immediately.
  Follow the recommended treatment for heat exhaustion. 
  DO NOT attempt to give any liquids!
  Contact the player’s parents

You should seek emergency medical care for anyone who has been in the heat and who has the following symptoms:
  Confusion, anxiety or loss of consciousness.
  Very rapid or dramatically slowed heartbeat.
  Rapid rise in body temperature that reaches 104 to 106 degrees Fahrenheit.
  Either drenching sweats accompanied by cold, clammy skin (which may indicate heat exhaustion); or a marked decrease in sweating accompanied by hot, flushed, dry skin (which may indicate heat stroke).
  Convulsions.
  Any other heat-related symptom that is not alleviated by moving to a shady or air-conditioned area and administering fluids.

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