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Extremely Hot Weather Policy

 

There is no pre-determined temperature which will cause matches to be abandoned.

The temperature forms part of the conditions of play and like all conditions of play there must always be discretion in order to determine if players are endangered by these conditions. It must be remembered that cricket is a summer sport and Brisbane has a hot climate therefore players will inevitably experience discomfort from the playing conditions.  It must also be borne in mind that the hazards associated with extreme temperatures vary according to local conditions just as they do with rainfall and storm activity.

It is highly unlikely that the temperature at 8 am could be said to present a danger to the players. It is not anticipated that a morning game will be abandoned before play begins for reasons of temperature alone.

BUT AS ALWAYS PLAYER SAFETY IS PARAMOUNT

If very high temperatures are anticipated:

  • Coaches and managers of both teams must discuss with each other strategies to reduce heat effect on players. Do this as early as possible, depending on any advance warning available. Dialogue is important. The safety of players is paramount.
  • Commencing or continuing a match during excessive temperatures should be viewed in a similar manner to rain affected matches. The team coaches and captains should discuss the conditions under which play would take place.
  • Increase the number and length of drink breaks.
  • Enforce Sun Smart protocols of wearing a hat, applying sunscreen on a regular basis, wearing sunglasses and drinking plenty of fluids.
  • Have ice packs available for general application and for use in the event of heat stress.
  • Have water sprayers available to keep the players cool – the umpires could have one each and apply to players as deemed necessary.
  • Have plenty of iced water available for the players.  Some sports drinks can be beneficial.
  • All breaks in play should be taken in the shade. This could be provided by way of tents or umbrellas and so on if none is naturally available at the ground.
  • Enforce shorter run-ups for bowlers.
  • Everyone should be watching for signs of heat exhaustion (parents and spectators can form a useful role here). The umpires have a duty of care to observe the players and allow them to leave the field if it is felt that they are at risk. The square leg umpire will have a special role in being attentive to the welfare of players.
  • Advise spectators of the extra precautions being taken to ensure the safety of the players.

    Signs of Heat Stress and First Aid

  • Players not walking in or moving much in the field, sitting down, moving slowly or in an uncoordinated way, vocal players becoming quiet, hands in pockets, complaints of headaches, flushed skin, confusion, even aggression, delirium and convulsion are all warning signs. (Body temperature of 39°C to 41°C indicates heat stress.)
  • If heat exhaustion occurs, get the player off the field into the shade. Allow the player to have plenty of room - do not crowd around the player. Loosen all clothing and apply ice or cold water to the back of the neck or the head. Give the player a cool drink if they are conscious. If they do not respond immediately call for medical assistance. Assess the risk of other cases occurring.
  • If a parent should decide that they do not want their child to play, then that is their call, in the same category as a decision to not let their child play when they are feeling sick or have an injury.