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Heat Index Procedures
Administration of Heat Index Procedures:
  • Feels Like Temperature (Heat index) will be checked 1 hour before the contest/practice by a certified athletic trainer, athletic director, or school designee when the air temperature is 80 degrees (Fahrenheit) or higher.
  • Download WeatherBug app to your phone or log onto weatherbug.com.
  • Enter zip code or city and state in the location section of the app or on-line.
  • If the Feels Like temperature (heat index) is 90 degrees or above, the athletic trainer, athletic director, or school designee must re-check the Feels Like temperature (heat index) at halftime or midway point of the contest.  If the Feels Like temperature (heat index) is 96 degrees (Fahrenheit) or more, the contest will be suspended.
Please refer to the following chart to take the appropriate actions:

         Feels Like Temp (Heat Index)           Full activity.  No restrictions
         under 79 degrees

        RECOMMENDED:

        Heat Index Caution:              Provide ample water and multiple water breaks.
        Feels Like Temp (Heat           Monitor athletes for heat illness.
        index) 80 - 85 degrees          Consider reducing the amount of time for the
                                                   practice session.


        Heat Index Watch:                Provide ample water and multiple water breaks.
        Feels Like Temp (Heat           Monitor athletes for heat illness.
        index) 86 - 90 degrees          Consider postponing practice to a time when
                                                   RealFeel temp is lower.
                                                   Consider reducing the amount of time for the
                                                   practice session.
                                                   1 hour of recovery time for every hour of practice
                                                   (ex. 2hr practice = 2hr recovery time).

        Heat Index Warning:             Provide ample water and water breaks every
        Feels Like Temp(Heat            15 minutes.

        index) 91 - 95 degrees          Monitor athletes for heat illness.
                                                   Consider postponing practice to a time when
                                                   Feels Like temp is much lower.
                                                   Consider reducing the amount of time for the
                                                   practice session.
                                                   1 hour of recovery time for every hour of practice
                                                   (ex. 2hr practice = 2hr recovery time).
                                                   Light weight and loose fitting clothes should be
                                                   worn.

                                                   For practices only Football helmets should be
                                                   worn.  No other protective equipment should be
                                                   worn.


         REQUIRED:

         Heat Index Alert:                 No outside activity, practice or contest should be
         Feels Like (Heat Index)        held.  Inside activity should only be held if air-
         96 degrees or greater          conditioned.
                                        



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