Playing in the Heat

Playing In The Heat 

Softball is a summer sport and it is therefore inevitable some games will be scheduled for play during extreme heat conditions.

High intensity exercise in a hot environment, with associated fluid loss and elevated body temperature, can lead to dehydration, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

Each association/league is permitted to implement an extreme weather policy or work on a case by case basis.

The following information is a series of recommendations for teams to take when playing/practicing in extreme heat conditions and is based on the Hot Weather Guidelines implemented by Softball Australia.



  • Drink at least 500mls (2-3 glasses) before an activity.
  • Drink 200mls (1-2 glasses) every 15 minutes during activity, preferably water; however, diluted cordial or sports drinks may be appropriate.
  • Drink at least 500mls after an activity.


  • Where possible, avoid scheduling training and matches during the hottest part of the day (usually between 11am and 3pm, or noon and 4pm during daylight saving time).
  • Early morning or night games minimize the likelihood of unacceptable playing conditions.


  • Consider using substitutions more often during play.
  • Ensure all dugouts are equipped with shade and fluids for appropriate rest, recovery and hydration when a team is batting.
  • Team managers and coaches should be especially vigilant and monitor players’ physical condition in extreme temperatures.


  • It is essential that everyone is made aware of the importance of:
  • Wearing appropriate clothing during play
  • Wearing hats or visors whilst on the field
  • Appropriate application and re-application of SPF 30+ sunscreen
  • The use of wet towels
  • Sunglasses.

Stay safe, Stay Hydrated, and Have Fun!


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