In youth sports, it's easy for a young player to get so caught up in the moment and lose sight of the importance of overall health and safety. From simple bumps and bruises to serious life-threatening situations, our goal is to ensure that all of our youth athletes enjoy the sport, and enjoy it as safely as possible. This page covers all the basics, from severe weather situations to serious medical issues, and is a resource for players, parents, and coaches for all of our sports.
It is very important that parents and guardians communicate with Coaches if they are not going to be in attendance for a practice or game - in case of cancellation or impending bad weather or other emergency situation. P.L.A.Y. requires parents to pick up and drop off in a safe manner and escort players to the fields and schools.
For informational purposes only - seek medical attention if injured!
There are generally two ways athletic trainers approach players, determining if they are 'hurt' or 'injured'.
Hurt - are often small cuts, bumps and bruises .. the 'ouch' type of injury - pain for a short time but goes away relatively quickly. But these should be watched in case it later appears to be more of an injury.
Injuries - are often more serious and will hamper an athletes ability to play. These could cause lifetime issues if not cared for properly and given time to heal. Better to be safe than sorry later!
“A Guide to Safety for Young Athletes” –
“Extreme Sports Safety Guide” –
How do I know if facilities are closed?
**SAFETY SHOULD BE CONSIDERED BY ALL! It is your choice!
!!!! GO TO RAINEDOUT.COM FIND Prior Lake athletics for Youth Sports (not Events) and register. You will then get a Text or Email or both sent to you when an announcement is made. There is no cost to this application.
Gym Closure - Check for announcements on local TV or Radio.
Gyms will be open unless school has been cancelled for the day or they were let out early and evening events cancelled.
Games/Practices will be on - * If the school day was completed - but after school, 'school' activities were cancelled - there will still possibly be P.L.A.Y. practices.
However - if it is cancelled a notation above this will be posted or you can contact your coach to confirm. On Saturday's - closures will be posted on the In-House Basketball webpage or contact your coach for confirmation.
If there is lightning visible at the event -P.L.A.Y. uses the same criteria as the Minnesota State High School League, an event should be postponed immediately for at least 30 minutes after the last visible lightning. Or can be cancelled by the coach’s agreement. Umpire should call postponement or cancel event when Lightning is seen. All fans and participants should Seek shelter or return to their vehicle.
If there is a posted sign at the complex, the field is closed. Any team found participating on a close field will have penalties.
Remember to always play it safe - if you are uncomfortable to go out in the weather - just notify your coach that your child will not be able to attend due to the weather.