NYSPHSAA Heat Index Policy

  • Heat Index Procedures:

    Administration of Heat Index Procedures:

    • Feels Like Temperature (Heat index) or THI using a Wet Bulb indicator on the field will be checked 1 hour before
      the contest/practice by a certified athletic trainer, athletic director, or school designee when the air
      temperature is 80 degrees (Fahrenheit) or higher.
    • Download WeatherBug app to your phone or log into www.weatherbug.com. Schools may also use a Wet Bulb
      indicator on the field that will be used.
    • Enter zip code or city and state in the location section of the app or on-line or determine the THI by using a Wet
      Bulb indicator.
    • If the Feels Like temperature (heat index) or the Wet Bulb Indicator is 90 degrees or above, the athletic trainer,
      athletic director, or school designee must re-check the Feels Like temperature (heat index) or Wet Bulb indicator
      at halftime or midway point of the contest. If the Feels Like temperature (heat index) or Wet Bulb indicator is 96
      degrees (Fahrenheit) or more, the contest will be suspended.

    Please refer below to take the appropriate actions (Recommended):

    If  the "Feels Like Temp" (Heat Index) or Wet Bulb Indicator under 79 degrees:
      Full activity.  No restrictions

    Heat Index Caution:  "Feels like Temp" (Heat Index) or Wet Bulb Indicator 80-85 degrees:

    • Provide ample water and multiple water breaks.
    • Monitor athletes for heat illness.
    • Consider reducing the amount of time for the practice sesson.

    Heat Index Watch:  "Feels Like Temp" (Heat Index) or Wet Bulb Indicator 86-90 degrees:

    • Provide ample water and multiple water breaks.
    • Monitor athletes for heat illness.
    • Consider post-poning practice to a time when Feels Like Temp is lower.
    • Consider reducing the amount of time for the practice session.
    • 1 hour of recovery time for every hour of practice (ex. 2 hr practice = 2 hr recovery time).

     

    Heat Index Warning:  "Feels Like Temp" (Heat Index) or Wet Bulb Indicator 91-95 degrees:

    • Provide ample water and breaks every 15 minutes.
    • Monitor athletes for heat illness.
    • Consider post-poning practice to a time when Feels Like Temp is much lower.
    • Consider reducing the amount of time for the practice sesson.
    • 1 hour of recovery time for every hour of practice (ex. 2 hr practice = 2 hr recovery time).
    • Light weight and loose-fitting clothing should be worn.
    • For Practices only Football Helmets should be worn.  No other protective equipment should be worn.

    Heat Index Alert:  "Feels Like Temp" (Heat Index) or Wet Bulb Indicator 96 degrees or greater:

    •  No outside activity, practice or contest should be held. Inside activity should only be held if air conditioned.

     Approved May 1, 2010
    Updated July 27, 2016