When the Heat Index meets or exceeds 70°F it is recommended that all schools provide at any practice or event, a method for rapidly cooling athletes experiencing heat illness. Approved methods include ice water immersion or tarp assisted cooling with oscillation (TACO).
Schools shall monitor the heat index for their geographic area prior to practices. Outlined below are the steps that each member school shall take in order to implement this policy.
NOTE: This policy applies to all WIAA sanctioned sports and activities in all seasons. Indoor activities where air conditioning is available are not bound by this policy.
- Designate: Schools shall designate someone who will take the necessary steps to determine and record the heat index for your geographic area within one hour of the start of each team's practice and events. This is only necessary on days when the forecasted heat index is 85°F or higher. Depending on practice and event schedules, it is possible that the designated person will have to record the Heat Index multiple times on the same day.
- Calculate: Within one hour of each team's practice on days when the forecasted heat index is 85°F or higher, the designated person shall utilize the WIAA Heat Index Calculator to determine the actual heat index.
- Record: If the actual heat index is 85°F or higher, the designated person shall record it using the WIAA Heat Index Record or by printing out a copy to be kept at the school for inspection at the request of the WIAA. A separate record shall be kept for each sport at each level. Practice modification, as necessary, shall also be recorded. If the actual heat index is less than 85°F, no action is needed.
- Act: If the actual heat index is 95°F or higher, activity should be altered and/or eliminated using the following guidelines: