Today, the Glengarry Soccer League announced is extreme heat guidelines to clarify when scheduled youth and adult matches will be postponed and/or cancelled.
Read more about the policy here in Sports Extra. We will also post further announcements on matches cancelled/postponed, as details become available.
Today, the Glengarry Soccer League announced its extreme heat policy, as a guideline to when scheduled youth and adult soccer games will be postponed and/or cancelled.
Monday (July 2) saw all matches scrubbed due to the hot, humid weather conditions, with the intention of these games all being rescheduled to play on Sunday (Jule 8). See this week's edition of The Glengarry News for more details.
Last evening, conditions moderated somewhat, allowing scheduled games to proceed.
Here are the GSL extreme heat guidelines:
The Glengarry Soccer League will reschedule games league-wide for U10 and older, if the humidex for Alexandria, according to Environment Canada (weather.gc.ca), is 35 degrees or higher during game time.
The league will post / e-mail by 5 p.m. in regards to the 6:30 p.m. / 7 p.m. kick-offs, if the projection is 35 degrees or higher for 7 p.m.
The league will post / e-mail by 7 p.m. in regards to the 8:30 p.m. kick-offs, if the projection is 35 degrees or higher for 9 p.m.
The league may make the call to reschedule games earlier in the day if the humidex is going to be significantly higher than 35 degrees.
For games that start on the half hour, we will use the next available projected rating to determine if the game is on. For example, a 6:30 p.m. kick-off time will use the 7 p.m. projected humidex rating to determine whether the game will or will not be played.
U8 games will cancelled and not rescheduled, as there are no official standings or playoffs in the U8 divisions.
U6 will be left to the discretion of the area reps as to what temperature they would like to cancel their sessions at and can be done prior to 5 p.m.
Games that are to be rescheduled will be moved to the Friday, Saturday, or Sunday of the week of cancellations. If teams are unable to play on the rescheduled date, the coach is asked to let the GSL know ASAP that they will have to unfortunately forfeit.
The Glengarry Soccer League would like to thank you for your patience and consideration on this issue. We want to remind our players and officials to keep well-hydrated on game days. If you feel that it is unsafe for your child to play, please notify your child's coach; the GSL will leave that up to the parents' discretion.
TGIF will take on a cooler meaning this week.
Friday is the day when we are expected to get some relief from the heat wave.
Environment Canada continued to issue a heat warning for Eastern Ontario today, when humidex values are expected to reach 43.
The extreme heat will continue through Thursday.
Temperatures today and Thursday are once again forecast to climb into the low to mid 30s.
Humidex values will also increase, reaching values of 40 both days.
Overnight low temperatures are expected to be in the low 20s, and high teens in some rural areas.
A cool down is expected by Friday with the passage of a cold front. Never leave people or pets inside a parked vehicle.
Extreme heat affects everyone. The risks are greater for young children, pregnant women, older adults, people with chronic illnesses and people working or exercising outdoors.
Watch for the effects of heat illness: swelling, rash, cramps, fainting, heat exhaustion, heat stroke and the worsening of some health conditions.
Heat warnings are issued when very high temperature or humidity conditions are expected to pose an elevated risk of heat illnesses, such as heat stroke or heat exhaustion.
With a heat wave on its way, here are some tips from the Eastern Ontario Health Unit on how to stay cool.
Drink plenty of cool liquids, especially water, before you feel thirsty to decrease your risk of dehydration. Thirst is not a good indicator of dehydration.
- It’s important to know that children may not feel thirsty but will still need to drink regularly.
- Remind yourself to drink water by leaving a glass by the sink.
- Flavouring water with natural fruit juice may make it more appealing.
- Wear loose-fitting, light-coloured clothing made from breathable fabric.
- When outdoors, wear a wide-brimmed hat made of breathable fabric.
- Dress young children and babies very lightly, and don’t bundle them in blankets or heavy clothing.
- If you have an air conditioner with a thermostat, keep it set to the highest setting that is comfortable (somewhere between 22°C/72°F and 26°C/79°F), which will reduce your energy costs and provide you with needed relief.
- Make meals that don't use an oven, especially if you don’t have air conditioning.
- Keep blinds or drapes closed to block out the sun during the day.
- Unplug electronics and turn off lights when not in use.
- If safe, open your windows at night to let cooler air into your home.
- Take a break from the heat by spending a few hours in a cool place. It could be a tree-shaded area, swimming facility or an air-conditioned spot such as a shopping mall, grocery store, place of worship or public library.
- Take cool showers or baths or use cool wet towels to cool down.
- Use a fan to help you stay cool and aim the air flow in your direction.
- Never leave a person or pet inside a parked car or in the direct sunlight.
- Be aware that children are unable to perspire as much as adults and therefore are more prone to heat illness than adults.
- Reschedule or plan outdoor activities during cooler parts of the day.
- If you have to be outdoors, avoid sun exposure. Shade yourself by wearing a wide-brimmed, breathable hat, using an umbrella or seeking out shady areas (tree-shaded areas can be as much as 5°C/9°F cooler than the surrounding area)
- Avoid vigorous exercise in the heat (this includes children as well). If you have a young child or a child with a chronic respiratory condition such as asthma, don’t allow them to take part in sporting events or exercise during very high heat, especially when there’s a heat warning in effect.
- When swimming in a pool or at a beach, be aware that the high humidity and sun rays are still a potential threat. Proper sunscreen protection and frequent rests in the shade are still necessary.
- When in the sun, keep track of how long you or your child has been outside. Learn to recognize the signs of heat illness right away so you or your child can get shelter in order to avoid further heat injury. Also, use common sense and remove yourself or your child from the sun/heat as frequently as you think is necessary. Don’t overdo it.
- Use a sunscreen that is SPF 15 or higher and follow the manufacturer's directions. Remember, sunscreen will protect against the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays but not from the heat.
- If you’re in an area where mosquitoes are active, protect yourself with insect repellent and follow the manufacturer's directions.
- Sunscreen and insect repellents can be safely used together. Apply the sunscreen first, then the insect repellent.
Minor soccer indoor matches scheduled for tonight, Jan, 22, at the dome in Alexandria have been postponed due to the forecast of freezing rain. The Glengarry Soccer League will reschedule the games in the near future.
This postponement affects games at the U6 co-ed, U9 girls, and U13 boys levels.
Updated at 4 p.m.: Adult mixed soccer scheduled at 8:30 p.m. has also been postponed.
A 23-year-old Ottawa man died Saturday when the vehicle he was driving rolled over on the eastbound Highway 417 near Dunvegan.
Matthias Foks was pronounced deceased at the hospital after the vehicle left the roadway, rolled over, coming to rest in the centre median, reports the Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry Ontario Provincial Police detachment.
Due to poor weather and road conditions, soccer at the dome in Alexandria tonight is cancelled.
The U13 boys game (Team Green vs. team Yellow) will be moved to Wednesday, at 7:30 p.m., while the adult co-ed pickup game will not be rescheduled.
We will have more soccer news in The Glengarry News this week.