Extreme Weather Guidelines

Extreme Weather Guidelines

 

The following guidelines have been developed to assist coaches and competition hosts in making decisions regarding both cold and hot weather to ensure the safety of athletes, coaches and volunteers.

 

Cold Weather

 

If temperature with the wind chill is lower than –25 degrees, outside activity is not recommended. The following steps must be taken in such circumstances where the activity is deemed necessary, to minimize the effects of cold weather:

  • Program situation – the outside activity should be cancelled and modifications made to train indoors. This decision is the responsibility of the Head Coach.
  • Competition situation – pertaining to situations, particularly provincial qualifiers, all possible precautions shall be taken, but should not be limited to, the following:
    • Marshalling should occur indoors/heated tents
    • Non-essential outdoor activities should be cancelled
    • Adequate time between events should be taken to allow athletes, coaches and volunteers to warm-up
    • These precautions will be the responsibility of the Competition Host in conjunction with the Head Coaches in attendance and the SSCT or SOO rep on site

 

Hot Weather

 

If temperature exceeds +30 degrees, outside activity is not recommended. The following steps must be taken in such circumstances where the activity is deemed necessary, to minimize the effects of the heat.

  • Program situation – the outside activity should be cancelled and modifications made to train indoors. This decision is the responsibility of the Head Coach.
  • Competition situation – pertaining to situations, particularly provincial qualifiers, all possible precautions shall be taken, but should not be limited to, the following:
    • Shaded or indoor areas must be provided
    • Marshalling shall occur under tents/shaded areas
    • Non-essential outdoor activities should be cancelled
    • Water will be provided to ensure adequate consumption
    • These precautions will be the responsibility of the Competition Host in conjunction with the Head Coaches in attendance and the SSCT or SOO rep on site