The goal of this policy is to provide safeguards for the athletes, coaches and all involved against the hazards of severe cold weather exposure. The extreme and unpredictable nature of our North Texas weather causes us to have proactive measures in place to minimize the risks of cold weather exposure. Injuries are a part of athletic participation, but with education, planning and controlling practice and game times we can minimize the risks and potential injuries in athletic participation in cold weather situations.
Directors and coaches should monitor the weather report/conditions from the weather service to determine the ability to practice or play games. The goal is to notify all involved at least 1 hour prior to the practice stating the current conditions and restrictions.
Phase 1: Temperature above 33 degrees or Wind Chill at or above 29 degrees
Normal practice time allowed, however athletes should be allowed and encouraged to wear sweat suites, hooded sweats, hats and or warm ups.
Phase 2: Temperature between 28-32 degrees or Wind Chill between 25-28 degrees
1.5 hours of total practice all athletes must be properly clothed in sweats/warm up during cold exposure time. Hooded sweats or toboggan hats should be used if available
Normal game times to be played with ability to wear sweats and hats if available.
Phase 3: Temperature at or below 27 degrees or a Wind Chill at or below 24 degrees
No cold exposure. All outside games and or practices are cancelled.