When darkness comes early or field lights don’t work as well as they should, teams are faced with the dilemma of whether to play in less than ideal lighting conditions or cancel practice.
Here are three tips to ensure all families and players are safe in the dark:
1. Practices should be well lit.
If kids are having trouble seeing the playing surface, the ball or their teammates, then it’s time to call practice off. When kids can’t see the dynamic of the field they’re playing on, they risk ankle, knee and other types of injuries. Be sure practice areas are well lit so everyone can see clearly.
2. Ask coaches to carefully examine the field for potential hazards.
Sometimes, the lighting won’t be ideal and there isn’t another option for practice. In these cases, make sure to ask your team’s coach and others to carefully examine the field for things such as rocks, little holes, foreign objects or puddles.
3. Walk young players to and from their practice area.
If your team has night practices, chances are there’ll be places, such as the parking lot or the walk to the field, that are dark. Be sure to walk your kids to and from their practice area to ensure their safety. Also, make sure to pick up your players on time and use extra caution when driving near the fields.