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MCPS Fall Heat Acclimatization Guidelines

posted Jul 23, 2012, 6:25 PM by Cay Miller   [ updated Jul 24, 2012, 7:43 PM ]

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) schools and fall athletic coaches must follow MCPS Heat Acclimatization Guidelines and Procedures in the first two weeks of fall practices. The MCPS Heat Acclimatization Guidelines and Procedures supplement other MCPS practice guidelines, including the Practice Information and Weather Guidelines sections of the MCPS High School Athletics Handbook.
MCPS Heat Acclimatization Guidelines and Procedures include the following three fundamental components:
  1. Education (including hydration awareness)
  2. Implementation Guidelines
  3. Emergency Plan

Education

Students

  • Students must review health and safety information provided on the MCPS athletics website.
  • Coaches will address and reinforce health and safety issues and concerns with students.
  • Schools will display posters on proper hydration in locker rooms.
  • Students are required to attend a 45-minute health and safety session prior to their first practice. The health and safety session will be conducted by the local school. In addition to heat acclimatization and proper hydration, the health and safety session will include information on Methicillin-Resistant Staph Aureus (MRSA), appropriate hygiene, steroids, and concussions.

Parents

  • Parents are required to review health and safety information provided on the MCPS athletics website (http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/athletics). If parents cannot access the website, the information will be available through the local school.
  • Health and safety will be included on the agenda for all parent preseason meetings. All coaches are required to conduct preseason parent meetings.
Coaches
  • MCPS coaches are required to complete annually a National Federation of High Schools (NFHS) online course regarding heat acclimatization. Coaches must also complete an online course regarding concussions every year and must renew their CPR/AED certification every two years.
  • MCPS coaches are required to review materials available on the MCPS athletics website.
  • Health and safety-related information, including heat acclimatization, will be addressed at systemwide and local school preseason coaches' meeting.

Implementation Guidelines

General Guidelines

  • On single practice days, one walk-through is permitted.
  • Double practice days (beginning no earlier than practice day 6) must be followed by a single practice day or rest day. When a double practice day is followed by a rest day, another double practice day is permitted after the rest day.
  • All practices and walk-through sessions must be separated by three hours of continuous rest.
  • If a practice is interrupted by inclement weather or heat restrictions, the practice should recommence once conditions are deemed safe, but total practice time should not exceed its limitations.
Equipment Restrictions
 
Field Hockey
  • Practice days 1 and 2--Goalies may wear helmet and goalie kickers, and athletes may wear shin guards, goggles, and mouth pieces.
  • Practice days 3 through 5--Goalies may wear helmet, chest protection, and goalie kickers.
  • Practice day 6--Full protective equipment may be worn.
The heat acclimatization period is designed for students on an individual basis. Days in which athletes do not practice due to a scheduled rest day, injury, illness, or other reasons do not count towards their heat acclimatization period.
 
Practice Days 1-5
  • School teams shall conduct all practices within the general guidelines above as well as the following guidelines for practice days 1-5.
  • School teams are limited to one practice per day not to exceed three hours in length.
  • One walk-through session is permitted per day no longer than one hour in duration.
Practice Days 6-14
  • School teams shall conduct all practices within the general guidelines above as well as the follow guidelines for days 6-14.
  • Total practice and walk-through time per day should be limited to five hours with no single session longer than three hours in duration.
  • School teams may participate in full contact practices with all protective equipment worn.
 

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