Organizations that hold their activities outdoors have been forced to acknowledge the recent warnings regarding mosquito-borne diseases during certain seasons. We understand that the level of concern and caution will rise and fall based on changing risk factors and reported infections. HWYSA expects that parents and guardians will take responsibility for the exercise of caution in protecting their players.
During recent seasons, warnings have been issued by a variety of agencies encouraging the use of insect repellants and/or refraining from outdoor activity during the dusk and dawn periods when mosquitoes are most active. HWYSA supports either choice by any player or coach. HWYSA supports the decision of any player or coach to refrain from attending practices. Communication of such decisions between players and coaches is always appreciated. No player will be penalized in any way for refraining from practice. We regret that we are unable to issue refunds for such missed time on the field.
Concerned players and coaches may also employ long loose clothing and repellants for protection. Please have a parent or guardian apply insect repellants to ensure proper application and to mitigate accidents that might occur with children applying such chemicals to themselves or each other.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is an excellent source of information regarding insect repellants and their safe use. Below are some helpful links to additional information: