Show-Me State Games officials create heat safety plan

Thursday, July 21, 2011 | 8:25 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Show-Me State Games officials are working alongside MU Healthcare to protect participants from the heat this weekend.

Executive Director Ken Ash said they are especially concerned with the safety of volunteers and referees.

Show-Me State Games Heat and Humidity Plan

Archery/shooting: Water at stations and take it slow

Baseball: Games shortened by 15 minutes, mandatory water breaks at mid-point of game

Basketball: Games shortened by 4 minutes, extra timeouts for water breaks, extra time between halves and quarters

Cycling/Triathlon/Duathlon: Extra water available

Golf: Morning tee times

Soccer: Games shortened by 15 minutes, mandatory water breaks at each half

Softball: Extra water available

Tennis: No add scoring or playing a third set, all consolation matches are 10 games pro-set, minimum of 3 hours between matches

Ultimate: Shortened points to 11, extra and mandatory time outs

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“It’s the length of exposure that’s going to be the problem,” Ash said. “They’re going to be out there longer than everyone else, they may do three or four games in a row.”

To ensure the safety of everyone, Show-Me Games officials and Healthcare personnel created a heat and humidity plan and a heat safety information sheet for outdoor sports.

The main steps in the plan are providing more water, taking longer breaks between and throughout games and providing information on heat safety.

Ash emphasized the importance of the availability of heat safety information.

“Those are things that we can do in order to ensure that people don’t get too much exposure," Ash said. "But hopefully each person will also know their own limits.”

Even though some games will be shortened, start times and locations haven’t changed.  Although some of the outdoor sports can be played at indoor sports complexes, none were available. 

“We really don’t have a lot of options since we’re already using all the facilities we can,” Ash said.

Medical staff will also be on hand. A team of EMTs and an ambulance will be at Hearnes Center, and athletic trainers with a bus will be at Cosmopolitan Park to transport anyone who is injured or becomes ill.

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