Cold Weather Guidelines
I have spent a good amount of time within the last 2 weeks fueled no doubt by self-preservation researching the topic of safe temperatures for youth players to be playing outdoors in the winter. The development of an increasing number of Astroturf facilities combined with a competitive (almost insane desire) to train year round seems to have led to more and more teams training in subzero temperatures. The dynamic is made more difficult for the thousands of teams using a professional trainer. The Team manager with the attitude of we pay for this so it must happen tends not to listen to the professional trainer who explains it is not educationally suitable. In this situation commonsense and hopefully the guidance give below can help.
Please remember that even with the most active 1v1, 2v2 small sided practice in the world, with zero standing around there becomes a time and temperature when it is simply child cruelty to stay outside and practice.
I have been amazed over the last few years to witness sessions in frigid temperatures where kids are made to stand in line, wait for a turn and then stand and listen for 5 minutes while some misguided coach explains the technical flaws. I have been also shocked when teams play and train and frozen grass where any fall can easily lead to fractures.
Please use the table below and a good dose of common sense before either scheduling a practice outdoors or sending your child off to freeze.
A note about wind chill - The wind chill temperature is how cold people feel when outside. Wind chill is based on the rate of heat loss from exposed skin caused by wind and cold. As the wind increases, it draws heat from the body, driving down skin temperature and eventually the internal body temperature. Therefore, the wind makes it FEEL much colder and poses a more severe threat to our bodies.
By Tim Bradbury, Director of Coaching Instruction, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
Watching people get through the aftermath of Sandy has been tough for us all. Whenever you have to witness people suffer it is a painful process. One of the few positives in all this has been the way in which the Soccer community has stepped up to help out. Hundreds of individual players, teams and Clubs throughout the state have done and are doing all they can to help those who suffered. It is great to see first-hand the enormous good that the soccer community can do. To all of those who have stepped up so well I both applaud and thank you.
While we are in the festive mode, I would like to offer up some possible thank you's that may be a little overdue from the soccer scene. I bet that any soccer player or parent can find one from the list below that is appropriate.
- To all the players- thank, mom, dad and your brothers and sisters for all the time spent watching and supporting you.
- More for the players - thank your team manager, trainer and teammates for helping you enjoy the game.
- Thank the people within your Club that makes it possible for you to play. Include the Registrar, field assigner, Club President and all other board members who give up their time so that you have a place to play. (They tend to only hear complaints).
- For the parents in addition to many of the above please pick up the phone now and call your team manager and coach to thank them for their efforts on your child's behalf. Most will be surprised to find out it is a positive call.
On behalf of the ENYYSA instructional team I would like to thank the 752 plus coaches this year that spent time taking a license, attending a clinic or reading a Soccer journal in an attempt to learn more about the teaching of the beautiful game. THANK YOU!