Managing extreme heat is a way of life in our community during the warmer months. As soccer begins during this time, it's imperative that all participants respect the weather and take steps to beat the heat when training:
Coaches are ultimately responsible for the safety of their players, but parents play an important role too. In addition to the U.S. Soccer Recognize to Recover website, here are some resources to help everyone stay safe and beat the heat:
EDHSC believes the safety and well-being of participants is of utmost importance. In conjunction with the recommendations of various local and national regulating agencies, the club has developed the following policies regarding the restriction or cancellation of all outdoor activities for teams and players.
We use www.purpleair.com as the source for measurements of air quality, known as the Air Quality Index (AQI). We encourage all coaches and parents to monitor air quality conditions by this website. Specifically, we use the "US EPA PM2.5 AQI" real-time reading based on the "AQ&U" conversion factor. The club will use utilize the reading from the sensor in closest proximity to the applicable field.
We use www.weather.gov to report temperature measurements.
Air quality and weather conditions will potentially affect EDHSC practice and game schedules.
COACHES MUST ENFORCE THIS POLICY AT ALL TIMES!
Any cancellations due to AQI or temperature should be recorded as club cancellation due to safety, and not a forfeit.
If at any time you feel uncomfortable with the weather conditions, or are concerned for the safety of a child, you are encouraged to hold the child out of the scheduled activity.
For more information on AQI basics please visit: https://www.airnow.gov/aqi/aqi-basics/
Coaches and parents should monitor players for signs of heat-related illness: www.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/warning.html