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MVLL 2023 Safety ASAP Plan

NWS HeatRisk Protocol

Menifee Valley Little League allows Parents and Coaches the opportunity to determine whether or not it is safe for their child to play during extreme heat conditions. The following information is a guide for Parents and Coaches to use if they wish to help them decide if it is safe to play. 

Important Facts to Consider:

Know your location's "HeatRisk" level to determine who is at risk and what actions to take. Find your HeatRisk level here:

 National Weather Service (NWS) HeatRisk forecast

The NWS HeatRisk tool provides a seven-day forecast of the potential level of heat risk for a specific location.

NWS HeatRisk: Understanding HeatRisk.

  • Be aware that multiple days of extreme high temperatures will make athletes more vulnerable to heat illness.

  • Always monitor for exertional heat illness. Air temperature, humidity, direct sunlight and other factors can increase risk of heat illness.

  • Be aware that exertional heat stroke is life-threatening. Exertional heat stroke (EHS) can occur within the first 60 minutes of exertion and may be triggered without exposure to high ambient temperatures. Other heat-related illnesses include heat exhaustion, heat cramps, sunburn and heat rash.

  • Proceed with extra caution in scenarios where extreme heat occurs suddenly, lasts an extended period of time and/or reaches new high temperatures. Generally, in these scenarios, very few outdoor activity participants (or those participating in indoor spaces without cooling) are “acclimatized." Heat acclimatization is the body's process of adapting to or “getting used to" the heat that occurs gradually (usually requiring 1 to 2 weeks) when a person is exposed to a hotter setting. Athletes face higher risk of heat illness when they are not acclimatized to hotter and/or more humid conditions.

  •  When the HeatRisk level is forecast to be "Major" (Red/Level 3):

    • Cancel all outdoor and unconditioned indoor activities during the heat of the day (usually 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) AND reschedule all outdoor activities and unconditioned indoor activities to a cool time of the day if there is one OR reschedule all outdoor activities and unconditioned indoor activities to a different day when the HeatRisk level is no longer "Extreme" (Magenta / Level 4) or "Major" (Red / Level 3)
  •   When the HeatRisk level is forecast to be "Extreme"(Magenta/Level 4):

    • Cancel all outdoor and unconditioned indoor activities AND reschedule all outdoor activities and unconditioned indoor activities to a different day when the HeatRisk level is no longer "Extreme" (Magenta / Level 4) or "Major" (Red / Level 3)


CDC Concussion Protocol for Youth Sports

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that can have a serious effect on a young, developing brain. While most children and teens with a concussion recover quickly and fully, some will have concussion symptoms that last for days, weeks, or even months.

Not giving the brain enough time to heal after a concussion can be dangerous. A repeat concussion that occurs before the brain heals from the first, usually within a short amount of time (hours, days, weeks), can slow recovery or increase the chances for long-term health problems. These may include changes in how the child or teen thinks, feels, and acts, as well as their ability to learn and remember. While rare, a repeat concussion can result in brain swelling or permanent brain damage. It can even be fatal.

What Can We Do?

A concussion can happen at home, school, or play. So everyone from parents and coaches, to even teammates, can play an important role in learning how to spot a concussion, and knowing what to do if they think a child or teen has a concussion. After a concussion, an athlete should only return to sports practices with the approval and under the supervision of their health care provider.

Below are six gradual steps that you, along with a health care provider, should follow to help safely return an athlete to play. Remember, this is a gradual process. These steps should not be completed in one day, but instead over days, weeks, or months.

All concussions are serious. If you think you have a concussion: don't hide it, report it, take time to recover. It's better to miss the game than the whole season.

6-Step Return to Play Progression

It is important for an athlete’s parent(s) and coach(es) to watch for concussion symptoms after each day’s return to play progression activity. An athlete should only move to the next step if they do not have any new symptoms at the current step. If an athlete’s symptoms come back or if he or she gets new symptoms, this is a sign that the athlete is pushing too hard. The athlete should stop these activities and the athlete’s medical provider should be contacted. After more rest and no concussion symptoms, the athlete can start at the previous step.

Step 1: Back to regular activities (such as school)

Athlete is back to their regular activities (such as school) and has the green-light from their healthcare provider to begin the return to play process. An athlete’s return to regular activities involves a stepwise process. It starts with a few days of rest (2-3 days) and is followed by light activity (such as short walks) and moderate activity (such as riding a stationary bike) that do not worsen symptoms. You can learn more about the steps to return to regular activities at:

Step 2: Light aerobic activity

Begin with light aerobic exercise only to increase an athlete’s heart rate. This means about 5 to 10 minutes on an exercise bike, walking, or light jogging. No weight lifting at this point.

Step 3: Moderate activity

Continue with activities to increase an athlete’s heart rate with body or head movement. This includes moderate jogging, brief running, moderate-intensity stationary biking, moderate-intensity weightlifting (less time and/or less weight from their typical routine).

Step 4: Heavy, non-contact activity 

Add heavy non-contact physical activity, such as sprinting/running, high-intensity stationary biking, regular weightlifting routine, non-contact sport-specific drills (in 3 planes of movement).

Step 5: Practice & full contact 

Young athlete may return to practice and full contact (if appropriate for the sport) in controlled practice.

Step 6: Competition

Young athlete may return to competition.


Lightning Protocol

When should practices / games be stopped?

In general, a significant lightning threat extends outward from the base of a thunderstorm cloud about 6 to 10 miles. Therefore, people should move to a safe place when a thunderstorm is 6 to 10 miles away.

1. If lightning is observed. The ability to see lightning varies depending on the time of day, weather conditions, and obstructions such as trees, mountains, etc. In clear air, and especially at night, lightning can be seen from storms more than 10 miles away provided that obstructions don’t limit the view of the thunderstorm.

2. If thunder is heard. Thunder can usually be heard from a distance of about 10 miles provided that there is no background noise. Traffic, wind, and precipitation may limit the ability to hear thunder less than 10 miles away. If you hear thunder, though, it’s a safe bet that the storm is within ten miles.

3. If the time between lightning and corresponding thunder is 30 seconds or less. This would indicate that the thunderstorm is 6 miles away or less. As with the previous two criteria, obstructions, weather, noise, and other factors may limit the ability to use this criterion. In addition, a designated person must diligently monitor any lightning. In addition to any of the above criteria, activities should be halted if the sky looks threatening. Thunderstorms can develop directly overhead and some storms may develop lightning just as they move into an area.

When should practices / games be resumed?

Because electrical charges can linger in clouds after a thunderstorm has passed, experts agree that people should wait at least 30 minutes after the storm before resuming activities.


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