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Heat & Sun

Hot Weather

One thing we do have in South Carolina is hot weather. Precautions must be taken in order to make sure the players do not dehydrate or hyperventilate.

  • Suggest players take drinks of water when coming on and going off the field between innings.
  • If a player looks distressed while standing in the hot sun, substitute that player and get him/her into the shade of the dugout as soon as possible.
  • If a player should collapse as a result of heat exhaustion, call 9-1-1 immediately. get the player to drink small sips of cool water and use instant ice bags supplied in the First Aid Kits to cool him/her down until the emergency medical teams arrive.
  • Irmo Little League will provide water coolers stationed in each teams' dugout on hot days to prevent dehydration.

Ultraviolet Ray Exposure

This kind of exposure increases an athlete's risk of developing a specific type of skin cancer known as melanoma. The American Academy of Dermatology estimates that children receive 80% of their lifetime sun exposure by the time they are 18 years old.

Therefore, Irmo Little League recommends the use of sunscreen with a SPF (sun protection factor) of at least 15 or higher as a  means of protection from damaging ultraviolet light.

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