Don’t Let Weather Get in the Way of the Game

Think about the great day you would have doing sports. Your players are at the top of their game, the crowd is enthusiastic, and the administration is proud of the victory.

  1. Wind

The first time a team faces the challenges of wind and sports, it may be a real setback. Gusts may cause a long-ball in soccer to sail far off target or a football to be intercepted by the opposition defense. But the wind and baseball/softball are where our interests lie.

College or university athletes sometimes play in the open without the protection of stadium walls. Extremely strong winds may cause a balk.

Get ready for some technical talk. The wind and gravity exert significant pressures on a ball as it travels from pitchers to catchers. For starters, there’s the law of gravity. It’s a tie between water and air for second place. 

Putting a spin on the ball solely affects the Magnus force, which the pitcher can manipulate. According to studies, a headwind reduces the pitch break but increases its “hop” and speed, whereas a tailwind has the opposite effect. If your pitcher is any good, they’ll appreciate knowing this. However, if your pitcher is either inexperienced or prone to overthinking the game, you should keep this knowledge to yourself and proceed as normal. In addition, outfielders benefit from the wind because it raises the ball, giving them more time to get beneath it and make a play.

For the most part, the wind significantly affects several sports, including baseball. Constantly keeping tabs on the wind’s direction and speed may give you an advantage in both safety and efficiency.

  1. High Temperatures

Next up, heat is a potentially game-altering meteorological factor. Heat exhaustion is a real threat that most college athletes will face in their careers. As a result, this is a major problem for field hockey players, whose preseasons often begin in the hottest part of the year. Heat-related disorders, such as dehydration and heat stroke, may be brought on by extreme heat stress.

It’s not only the temperature that may affect players; wind and rain can have just as big of an effect. The strongest indicator of the impact of heat on student-athletes is the wet bulb globe temperature (WBGT). 

In field hockey, only the goaltender wears full protective gear. Always ensure your goalies are okay in the heat during practice and games. Guidelines for heat acclimation might assist your squad gets ready to play in high temperatures. Here are a few suggestions:

  1. Never devote more than three hours a day to practice.
  2. Avoid scheduling back-to-back double practices.
  3. Intensify your workouts progressively over a few days.
  4. To prevent dehydration, athletes should take in more salt as their sweating rates rise.
  5. To prevent overheating, take regular stops to drink water and relax.

Playing in the sweltering heat negatively affects stamina and the health hazards associated with heat. Being able to anticipate such a situation also provides a competitive advantage.

  1. Ice Cold

Your student-athletes are susceptible to the effects of both heat and cold. Picture how your body reacts to the cold. The inability to relax your muscles, take a full breath and feel your extremities increases. You can imagine the potential for conflict if you add the element of competition to an already tense sporting endeavor.

Since the conclusion of the cross-country season, the full winter track season, and the start of the spring track season may experience some extremely chilly weather, we’d want to utilize these sports as an example. You have no more power over the cold than the other factors mentioned. You may, however, manage your team’s readiness. The top coaches do a few key things to protect their players from straining muscles and suffering hypothermia.

We believe that coaches should emphasize the importance of stretching and water consumption to their teams. Effective stretching in winter begins with a gentle movement like jogging or strolling. Then proceed to intense exercise since it keeps blood circulating while also relaxing muscles. And last, following competitions and workouts, have your competitors perform static stretching to cool off.

The second piece of advice is something many athletes overlook while competing in chilly conditions. Did you know that athletes who exercise or play in chilly weather have a higher chance of dehydrating?   Athletes must be reminded to drink water before and after competitions since they tend to ignore their thirst.

WeatherSolve’s Solution

Professional Sporting Events and Wind Fencing

Windshields are an efficient method of protecting people and property from the wind. Regarding landscaping or fencing around sports grounds or stadiums, our windscreens are the way to go.

Do Not Let Nature Destroy Sports

Rain or shine shouldn’t be a factor in calling a race. If you don’t want to leave your event’s weather to chance, WeatherSolve can provide a bespoke solution. The best way to protect athletes from the disruptive effects of wind is to use a professionally installed wind fence.

Sports include waterskiing, archery, shooting, football, and soccer. In many competitive contexts, strong winds may alter the playing field. Make sure you have an even playing field by having WeatherSolve build you a unique wind fence.

Proven Effectiveness

The 2018 ICF Canoe Spring World Championships were held in a country concerned that high winds may negatively affect the result of the competition. The local canoe organization contracted with WeatherSolve to develop and provide a reliable wind control system. In the end, the barrier was almost a kilometer and over 8 meters in height.

When the quality of the players competing determines the outcome, rather than the weather or other outside factors, it is when the sport is at its greatest. Create a tranquil, constant microclimate for your opponents with WeatherSolve.

Practice Makes Perfect

The outcomes of a practice session held in such settings are unexpected. Both experienced, and novice sports teams use WeatherSolve to protect their facilities from nuisance wind gusts and make the most of their practice time.

WeatherSolve’s high-quality wind fence materials may also be used as ball stop netting, an essential component of football training facilities. Fabrics with a greater porosity may hide personal items from curious eyes.