Lightning, Severe Weather and Heat
When the Thunder Roars
The safety of players, coaches, management and spectators is the primary concern in any weather event that occurs during all matches sanctioned by the BSA. By understanding and following the information below, the safety of everyone shall be greatly increased. Ultimately the referee has the final say over delaying or restarting a match due to weather. Waiting to stop play or not waiting to start play may result in a serious injury or loss of life.
Click here to read the full policy on Lightning. If you hear thunder get to shelter. Do not stay on the field or out in the open.
Poor Air Quality Guidelines
The Alberta Soccer Association has set out a series of guidelines for air quality assessment to determine when it is no longer safe to play soccer due to health concerns. These guideline directive can be found here.
Heat related Illness Prevention
When the mercury climbs over 25 degrees Celius and is combined with high humidity levels the human body can suffer heat related illness. This can be as mild as muscle cramping, to more serious Heat Exhaustion and if untreated Heat Stroke and possibly death.
Heat cramps occur when the athlete sweats heavily. The loss of fluids and electrolytes, especially sodium, causes painful muscle contractions and spasms.
Heat exhaustion is a more serious form of heat illness characterized by profuse sweating, dizziness, headaches, nausea, vomiting, and fainting.
Heat stroke occurs when heat exhaustion goes untreated, and the athlete starts to exhibit mental status changes, such as confusion, loss of balance, and irritability. Immediate recognition and treatment are crucial to prevent possibly fatal outcomes.
These heat related illnesses can be mitigated by increased fluid intake and frequent periods of rest in shaded areas. Know the signs and symptoms of heat related illness. It is the responsibility of the Coaches in concert with the Referees to ensure player safety.