Livermore Phantom Lacrosse Club takes player safety very seriously. We will proactively cancel/postpone practices when heat and air quality presents potential safety issues. And all of our coaches receive First Aid training including CPR and AED operation. Additionally, we have a comprehensive Concussion Management Plan that all parents are required to be aware of.
Heat and Air Quality Guidelines for Holding Practices
With extreme heat and/or hazardous air quality possible during practices (especially fall clinics), the Phantoms have the following policies for cancelling practices out of concern for the saftey of our players and coaches
If temperatures are expected to exceed 105F during practice time, the session will be cancelled. If the temperatures are expected to reach 95-105 degrees, U10 through U14 players will limit practice to 60 minutes maximum, with plenty of breaks for water and limited use of padding. U8 practices will be cancelled.
If the air quality index (AQI) is expected to exceed 150 (unhealty), all sessions will be cancelled that day regardless of temperature. If the AQI is 100-150 (unhealthy for sensitive groups), practice will be held but activities requiring significant exertion (e.g. running, scrimmages) will be curtailed and the practice time may be shortened; players with repirator issues (e.g. asthma) should refrain from practicing. See https://www.airnow.gov for current conditions and forecasts as well as a description of the AQI scale.
If scheduled games are impacted during the spring season (unlikely), we will work with the other club to agree on postponement if any of the above conditions are occuring.
Phantoms will send a status update email by 8AM that morning to verify if activities are cancelled or not (or the night before if possible) and will post a news item on our website. If you do not receive a cancellation email, please proceed with scheduled activities. The club will do our best to add a make-up session, subject to field and coach availability.
The Livermore Phantoms have a comprehensive set of plans and documentation available on our site that we encourage parents and players to become familiar with. Please see the files in our Documentation Folder under Concussion Info for complete information.