The weather this summer has been wide ranging and inconsistent. When hosting a summer event, the important thing to remember is even if it is a little cooler or less humid, hydration is always extremely important.
With soccer camps, tournaments and preseason training going on, remember that safety comes first.
Fluids, fluids, fluids
: Players should have 12-16 ounces of fluid up until 30 minutes before the activity. It's also important for players to continue hydrating throughout the activity. The worse the heat and humidity, hydration should take place more frequently. Additionally, players should start re-hydrating within 20 minutes of the conclusion of the activity.
Monitor the heat index
The heat index is the “RealFeel®” temperature as reported on the hourly forecast on accuweather.com for the day and zip code. A heat index of 79 or less is safe; however, precautions need to be taken as the heat index rises. At 80-90, ample water breaks should be provided. At 90-95, water breaks should take place every 15 minutes. Over 95, activities should be cancelled.
It's recommended that there be at least two hours between games and only two games per day for players, if possible. Unless the game time is reduced as recommended in the AYSO Playtime Study guidelines.