Soccer is a sport that’s played in the sun, snow, rain and in all temperatures, but a kid’s safety should always come first. Parents should be aware of the dangers of cold weather and be prepared to delay or cancel games if the weather conditions are poor enough to increase the risk of injury.
Freezing or heavy rain, hail, snow or sleet can cause field conditions to deteriorate and increase the likelihood of injury and sickness in players. Check field conditions before and be sure to monitor them during games to ensure that it doesn’t become hazardous for players.
During cold weather games, players are encouraged to wear appropriate and safe clothing including extra garments under the jersey and shorts, knit hats, gloves, etc., to protect against cold and windy conditions.
It’s important that players are prepared for the cold because hypothermia can occur long before the temperatures fall below freezing. Symptoms of hypothermia can vary depending on the time one has been exposed to the cold, so be sure to prepare your child with the appropriate clothing to keep them warm.
Click here for hypothermia facts and what you can do to treat it in its initial stages. When in doubt, always lean to the safe side and get medical attention for your child.