Weatherford Independent School District

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Cold Weather Policy

Weatherford ISD Athletic Cold Policy

Introduction:

Cold exposure can be uncomfortable, impair performance and even become life threatening. Conditions created by cold exposure include frostbite and hypothermia. Wind chill can make activity uncomfortable and can impair performance when muscle temperature declines. Frostbite is the freezing of superficial tissues, usually of the face, ears, fingers, and toes. Hypothermia, a significant drop in body temperature, occurs with rapid cooling, exhaustion and energy depletion. The resulting failure to the temperatureregulating mechanisms constitutes a medical emergency.

 

Hypothermia frequently occurs at temperatures above freezing. A wet and windy 3050 degree exposure may be as serious as a subzero exposure. For this reason, Weatherford ISD had developed a cold policy using the AccuWeather RealFeelTM factor not the ambient temperature. The RealFeelTM Temperature according to AccuWeather, INC., takes into account the effects of multiple parameters, including ambient temperature, wind speed, solar intensity, humidity, precipitation intensity/type, elevation and atmospheric pressure. Wind Chill only takes into account two variables - temperature and wind speed, while the Apparent Temperature measures only temperature and humidity. Wind speed interacts with ambient temperature to significantly increase body cooling. When the body and clothing are wet (whether from sweat, rain, snow, or immersion), the cooling is even more pronounced due to evaporation of the water held close to the skin by the wet clothing.

 

Clothing is one of the most important parts of keeping the athlete’s body warm. Athletes should dress in layers and try and stay dry. Layers can be added or removed depending on temperature, activity and wind chill. Athletes should layer themselves with wicking fabric next to the body, followed by lightweight pile or wool layers for warmth. Athletes should use a wind block garment to avoid wind chill during workouts. Heat loss from the head and neck may be as much as 50% of total heat loss; therefore the head and neck should be covered during cold conditions. Other extremities should be covered at all times to protect from the wind chill.

 

Cold Exposure:

• Breathing of cold air can trigger asthma attack (bronchospasm)

• Coughing, chest tightness, burning sensation in throat and nasal passage

• Reduction of strength, power, endurance, and aerobic activity

• Core body temperature reduction, causing reduction of motor output

 

Cold Recognition:

• Shivering, a means for the body to generate heat

• Excessive shivering contributes to fatigue, loss of motor skills

• Numbness and pain in fingers, toes, ears, and exposed facial tissue

• Drop in core temperature; athlete exhibits sluggishness, slowed speech, disoriented

 

 

 

Notification of temperature

• Coaches will obtain weather report from www.accuweather.com, using the 76087 zip code.

• The weather report will be taken at 6:30 am for morning workouts, and 2:00 pm for afternoon workouts.

• The RealFeelTM of the day will determine which protocol will be followed.

• RealFeelTM readings will be taken before teams leave for traveling for competitions, and an hour by hour report will guide our decisions for the event.

 

Enforcement of Policies

• Head Coach / Staff Athletic Trainers will monitor time of exposure

• Staff Athletic Trainers will report any violations to the Campus Coordinator

• Campus Coordinator will meet with the Head Coach

• Violations of policies will be reported to the Director of Athletics in writing.

 

Weatherford High School Athletic Cold Policy: PRACTICE

 

RealFeelTM 33 to 35 degrees (W/Precipitation):

• 35 minutes of exposure/20 minutes inside (may return outside after 20 minutes)

• 35 minutes exposure/20 minutes inside

• Dry clothing (socks, gloves)

• Athletes must be dressed in warmups with extremities covered

 

RealFeelTM 32 Degree or Below (W/Precipitation):

• All activities will be inside

• No outside exposure

 

RealFeelTM Under 31 to 32 degrees (Dry):

• 45 minutes exposure/ 15 minutes inside

• Athletes must be in warmups with extremities covered

 

RealFeelTM 26 to 30 Degree (Dry):

• 30 minutes of total exposure to chill factor

• 15 minutes inside for rewarming

• Warmups must be worn at all times, extremities covered

 

RealFeelTM of 25 degrees:

• No outside activity

• All work must be inside

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tison and Hall Junior High Athletic Cold Weather Policies:

 

RealFeelTM 39 to 45 degrees (W/Precipitation):

• 35 minutes of exposure/20 minutes inside (may return outside after 20 minutes)

• 35 minutes exposure/20 minutes inside

• Dry clothing (socks, gloves)

• Athletes must be dressed in warmups with extremities covered

 

RealFeelTM 38 degree or Below (W/Precipitation):

• All activities will be inside

• No outside exposure

 

RealFeelTM 35 to 38 degrees (Dry):

• 45 minutes exposure/ 15 minutes inside for rewarming

• Athletes must be in warmups with extremities covered

 

RealFeelTM 31 to 34 degree (Dry):

• 30 minutes of total exposure to chill factor

• 15 minutes inside

• Warmups must be worn at all times, extremities covered

 

RealFeelTM of Below 30 degrees:

• No outside activity

 

Cold Policy—GAMES

• Games to be postponed due to cold weather will be determined on a case by case basis by the Director of Athletics. Postponed games to be rescheduled will be determined by the Head Coach of that sport as well as the Director of Athletics. A game date will be considered for rescheduling if the RealFeelTM is below 28.

 

UIL District 4 AAAAAA Soccer games the temperature must be above 32 degrees at 2:00pm on the day of the game in order for the game to be played.  If the temperature is below 32 degrees at that time the game must be rescheduled for another day.

 

School Day Cancellation— full day

• No travel or practice unless approved by the Director of Athletics and the Principal

 

School Day Early Dismissal—deteriorating weather conditions

• Practice must be approved by the Director of Athletics and the Principal

• If approved practices should be over at 5:00pm