Cold Weather Guidelines

  • Cold exposure can be uncomfortable, increase the risk of injury, and impair performance. Factors to take into consideration include more than just the temperature. Wind chill and wet conditions will increase the cooling effect. Wind Chill interacts with the temperature to significantly increase body cooling. The combination of cold air and the deep breathing of exercise can also trigger breathing problems. If the body and clothing are wet, there is an increase of body cooling. This could be from sweat or rain.

    1. Athletes should dress in layers and try to stay dry. Heat loss from the head and neck can be as much as 50% of total heat loss. Therefore, the head should be covered during very cold conditions.
    2. Adequate warm-up is essential to prevent injuries, especially in cold conditions. Try to keep warm throughout the practice or contest.
    3. Stay hydrated. Dehydration affects the body’s ability to regulate temperature whether it is hot or cold conditions.

    The following guidelines will be used to determine alterations to practice and game schedules due to cold conditions. The temperature and wind chill readings will be taken from The Weather Channel website (www.weather.com) or from the on-site Perry Weather Station readings. Decisions on contests should be made by 12:00pm of the day of the contest.

    Temperature Forecasted below 32 degrees F and/or Wind Chill below 25 degrees F

    • All activities are moved indoors or cancelled. Varsity games Postponed.

    Temperature is does not reach 32 degrees F by 1:00PM

    • All activities are moved indoors or cancelled. Varsity games Postponed.

    Temperature is below 35 degrees F with the presence of precipitation

    • All activities are moved indoors or cancelled. Varsity games Postponed.
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