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Hot Weather Policy

A NOTE FROM NSFA

Below is the Hot Weather Policy regarding playing and training in extreme heat.

Clubs are reminded of their duty of care and that in extreme temperatures the safety and welfare of players MUST BE A PRIORITY.

Exposure to extreme heat can be dangerous to the health of adults and pose an ever greater risk to the health of children and young people.

Recommended maximum temperatures for cancellation of games and training

CHILDREN - 32° (recommended maximum ambient temperature for cancellation of children’s football activities)

ADULTS - 37° (recommended maximum ambient temperature for cancellation of adult’s football activities)

Cancellation can be required at lower temperatures particularly where a higher level of humidity is present. Refer to the Heat Stress Index for risk levels.

The FNSW Hot Weather Policy, Heat Stress Index and SMA Guidelines are provided for further information and reference.

NSW HOT WEATHER POLICY [1]
HEAT STRESS INDEX [2]
SMA HOT WEATHER GUIDELINES [3]

Temperatures for modification to football activities

Where temperatures occur within the following ranges and a club has assessed and deemed a football activity to be safe to continue, consideration must be given to modifying the activity and increasing rest and drink breaks in shaded areas.

Children - 26° to 31° ambient temperature
(at 32° refer to recommended cancellation temperatures)

Adults - 26° to 36° ambient temperature
(at 37° refer to recommended cancellation temperatures)

Within these temperature ranges participation must also be closely monitored and the safety and welfare of players MUST BE A PRIORITY.

For more information about Hot Weather in sport refer to the Sports Medicine Australia website [4].

Damian Miles
Member Protection Information Officer
NORTHERN SUBURBS FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION INC.
P: (02) 9449 4933 F: (02) 9449 4877 M: 0403 504 997

Links:
[1] FNSW Hot Weather Policy
[2] Heat Stress
[3] SMA Hot Weather Guidlines
[4] Hot Weather Information in Sport

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