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The Club takes player safety very seriously. Hot weather needs to be managed with care. Coaches, managers, and players need to exercise good common sense and err on the side of safety.

If at any time a player shows signs of heat illness, he or she must be immediately removed from play and cooled. Severe cases should be treated as a medical emergency and appropriate medical personnel contacted. Cooling can be achieved by moving them to the shade, fanning, misting with water, offering additional hydration. In more extreme cases, remove all excess clothing, soak in water, and fan. Ice packs to the armpits and groin can help with rapid cooling.

Children are at greater risk of heat injury than adults and coaches, managers, and umpires need to monitor players very carefully. In particular wicket keepers, batsmen, and fast bowlers are at greater risk because of the intensity of their exercise and/or additional protective equipment that they wear.

In hot weather, take additional drinks breaks, ensure that players wear broad brimmed hats and, preferably, long sleeve shirts. Games can be shortened to allow for more and longer drinks breaks in the shade. This should be done in an equitable way and in no case should a team try to use heat policy to gain advantage.

Heat policy more than just ambient temperature. Team officials need also to consider the level of humidity, sunshine, and wind.

Guidelines:

1) Above 38 degrees, games should be cancelled.

2) Below that, consider these guidelines from Sports Medicine Australia:

You can check local conditions via the Bureau of Meteorology website METEYE or use their app. Note that car thermometers are not very accurate. if you have a thermometer at the game, take the temperature 1.5m above the ground in the shade.

Ambient temperature

Relative humidity

Risk of Heat Illness

Possible management for sustained physical activity

15 – 20

 

Low

Heat illness can occur in distance running. Caution over-motivation.

21-25

Over 70%

Low – Moderate

Increase vigilance.Caution over-motivation.

26-30

Over 60%

Moderate

Moderate early pre-season training.

Reduce intensity and duration of play/training. Take more breaks.

31-35

Over 50%

High – Very High

Uncomfortable for most people. Limit intensity, take more breaks. Limit duration to less than 60 minutes per session.

36 and above

Over 30%

Extreme

Very stressful for most people. Postpone to a cooler conditions (or cooler part of the day) or cancellation.

See Sports Medicine Australia advice here.

You can also use SMA's Wet Bulb measure. You can look up BOM wet bulb estimates here.

For more information, see here from the Bureau.