New Hanover County Press Release
The New Hanover County Schools (NHCS) Athletics Department announces guidelines regarding summer athletics safety. These guidelines are effective beginning July 1, 2014 and run through the fourteen scheduled practice days AFTER the first official day of Fall sports; or when school practice hours begin --whichever occurs first.
Safe practice times can vary slightly when SIGNIFICANT climate changes are noted (rain, major cloud coverage, relative humidity at least 10% lower than average at start time, temperature at least 10 degrees cooler than average at start time). The heat index spikes drastically around 9:30 a.m. and drops around 6:00 p.m. during the summer. Temperatures have exceeded full equipment safe zones by 7:30 a.m. on some days so coaches are advised to be aware.
The safety guidelines are as follows: