The start of Southern California’s longest and biggest heatwave of the year comes Wednesday, meaning high school athletic programs are in prep mode to protect their athletes while continuing to hold or modify events.
In the Los Angeles Unified School District, it’s up to school administrators to make decisions about events and practices while consulting with district staff, but everyone will check the heat index (how it really feels when relative humidity is factored in with air temperature ). ) and receiving information from the Environmental Health and Safety Agency.
Some events have been cancelled, such as B. A cross-country meeting scheduled for Pierce College in Woodland Hills on Thursday, when the maximum temperature is estimated at 104. Taft High’s assistant principal Neezer McNab said athletes were advised to drink plenty of water during the day before participating in any workouts. The football team has a game at Dymally on Friday at 4:00 p.m. The schools will decide by Friday whether the game date has to be postponed. .
Garfield soccer coach Lorenzo Hernandez said his school has a WetBulb Globe Temperature Monitor donated by the National Federation of State High School Assns. which measures heat stress in direct sunlight and is used for all outdoor activities. There will be water and rest breaks ‘at all times’ during football practice, while the uniform kit can be adjusted to helmets and shoulder pads only, and there will be a quick chill station for an ice bath in the event of an emergency. Practice will be rescheduled to either early morning or late afternoon depending on field availability.
Lower level football games scheduled for Thursday afternoon may be rescheduled or rescheduled depending on the heat index.
St. Francis football coach Dean Herrington said Wednesday’s scheduled practice start time was pushed back to 5:45 p.m. from 3:30 p.m. Some schools don’t have lights on their football pitches, so the 3:00 p.m. practice sessions may still be held with extra water breaks.
Arleta was scheduled to host Marquez in a daytime soccer game on Thursday. Now the game is played at night in Marquez.
A cross-country invite scheduled for Saturday in Pomona begins four hours later and ends after 10 p.m
https://www.latimes.com/sports/highschool/story/2022-08-31/excessive-heat-warning-has-high-school-sports-programs-in-preparation-mode Excessive heat warning has high school sports programs in preparation mode