Cold Weather Guidelines


The effects of cold weather can impact health and safety during practices and games. The definition of “cold stress” varies across Canada depending on how accustomed people are to cold weather. British Columbia is very unique as our cold is very different to the rest of Canada.


The information provided is not a substitute for medical or professional care, and you should not use this information in place of a visit, consultation or the advice of your physician or healthcare provider. For specific questions and concerns please consult your healthcare provider or physician.


Training in cold weather WITH precipitation

·       0 to 2 degrees Celsius – No more than 40 minutes outside per session

·       0 degrees Celsius or lower – No outside practice


Training in cold weather WITHOUT precipitation

·       0 to 2 degrees Celsius – No more than 1 hour outside per session

·       0 to -3 degrees Celsius – No more than 30 minutes outside per session

·       -4 or lower degrees Celsius – No outside practice

**When referencing “The Weather Network” for example, you may notice the “actual temperature” and the “feels like temperature”. Please refer to the “feels like” as it takes into account the ambient air temperature, relative humidity & wind speeds to determine how the conditions feel to bare skin.


Prevention of Cold Exposure

In cold weather temperatures, proper layered clothing should be worn and encouraged. These include:

·       Several layers around the core of the body to insulate

·       Long pants designed to insulate

·       Long sleeve shirt/sweatshirt/coat designed to block wind and insulate

·       Gloves

·       Ear & head protection/insulation


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