With high heat warnings in many parts of the country right now, or whenever temperature and humidity levels rise above normal, it’s important to ensure that everyone is safe when playing soccer. Check out these 7 tips for how to stay cool during these hot soccer months:
1. Allow for stoppages and delays of game for the purposes of hydration -- drinking plenty of liquids -- and player substitutions.
2. Consider notifying families at least 24 hours in advance to allow for proper hydration before the game even begins.
3. Make sure that the kids are wearing sunscreen and have plenty on hand in case a parent forgets.
4. Try to add shade to your fields by utilizing tents, trees and buildings to allow spectators to have a cool place to watch.
5. Shorten matches if the weather worsens throughout the day.
6. When possible, try to schedule games during the cooler times of the day such as mornings and evenings.
7. Bring damp/wet wash cloths in a cooler to the field for players to place on their necks during breaks. This technique can provide a lot of relief from the heat.
Remember that incidents of dehydration, heat exhaustion, heatstroke and sunburn are avoidable. Be prepared for those hot days and keep your players safe.