A high-school friend sent me a note this weekend. As she watched her child play baseball in 105 degrees she wondered if they should even be there.
“Thought of you today as we sat out in the heat playing baseball. In between games we had a discussion about being good parents etc… I asked, at what point am I failing to be a good parent by letting my child play games in this type of heat?”
I wrote my friend back that I didn’t even think about that because kids in Arizona play in crazy heat all the time. Now granted it’s a dry heat. And truly it does make a difference.
I think the leagues here play a lot at night and early in the morning. All our swim meets start at 7 a.m. and I see the basketball teams in the park when it’s completely dark. They move soccer inside for the summer. I’m not sure when the baseball games are held.
Should the youth leagues be canceling games, moving game to the night time or to later in the summer after the heat wave passes? Is it irresponsible to let kids play in 105-degree heat? Should parents be protesting? Should they not let their kids play in that kind of heat even if the leagues won’t postpone play? What high temp is OK to play in?
Did your league change any games based on the heat? Did they offer more breaks or more water? If it’s still bad next weekend, will you let your kids play?