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Submitted By John Adams on Thursday, July 21, 2011
Please be advised that during any heat advisory, all coaches and referees are expected to use prudent and pragmatic decision making based on conditions at the time of play including whether a scheduled game should proceed, keeping in mind the physical well being of our players. 
For all games played in the hot weather, SWRSL has released the following recommendations:

To all Coaches & Referees:

Please take note of the following directive from the SWRSL Board of Directors. All games are to be played in "quarters" for the following dates July 20, 2011 and July 21, 2011.

All games are to be played in "quarters" for the following dates July 20, 2011 and July 21, 2011.

This is due to the extreme heat and humidity forecast for South Western Ontario on these dates. 90 minute games are to be played as 4 x 22.5 mins.

80 minute games are to be played as 4 x 20 mins.

And so on… After the first and third quarter - at 22.5 mins and 67.5 mins - allow the teams to have a 2 minute

water break.

At the half, allow a 10 -15 minute water break.

Even if one team is ready to play earlier, you MUST hold off for 10 - 15 minutes before you

restart the game.

Time for the quarter-breaks should be added onto each 2nd and 4th quarter for these breaks. If further water breaks are needed, you may allow additional 1 minute water breaks but with no time added to the game.

In addition, KDMSC would also recommend the following for our teams:

Coaches-please ensure that your players stay properly hydrated during the matches. Coaches are encouraged to have their players drink the water from their bottles instead of dumping it over their heads, and it is recommended that coaches also have additional water on hand, possibly in a spritz bottle or container with a cloth to assist with cooling off of players.  Sun shelters and/or beach style umbrellas could also be set up at the sideline to provide shade, and frequent substitutions are recommended as allowed by the rules.

Parents/players-please arrive at your scheduled games with proper measures taken. These would include bringing and adequate amount of water to stay hydrated during games and application of sunscreen as required.  In addition, players should be monitoring themselves for signs of heat related distress. If you start to feel dizzy, lethargic, or experience blurred vision or muscle tremors during game play, advise the referee and your coach as soon as possible.

Let's make sure that the heat wave doesn't wilt our soccer spirits!

KDMSC Executive

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