Student Athletes Heat and Wind Chill NYSPHSAA Policy

Student Athletes Heat and Wind Chill NYSPHSAA Policy

I am posting this information for both students and parents because my objective always is to help student athletes prevent avoidable injuries and keep them safe. My daughter is an athlete that participates in 3 sports throughout the school year and is often faced with EXTREME WEATHER CONDITIONS. PARENTS it is VERY IMPORTANT that athletes say hydrated in extreme hot weather, the coaches will constantly reinforce this message, but it is advisable that this message start at home.

The information below is listed on the NYSPHSAA website.

  1. Modified Heat Alert – When the heat index reaches 88 (equivalent to T.H.I. of 73), practice sessions or contests in all sports must include:
    a. Forced, frequent water breaks (every 10-15 minutes).
    b. Loose clothing, light colored shorts and tee shirts (mesh recommended) for practice sessions.
    c. Frequent rest breaks in shaded areas.
    d. For football and lacrosse, mandatory water breaks every 15 minutes during which all players must remove helmets. Those players not participating in contact activities during practice, games or scrimmages shall not wear helmets.

NOTE: During all contests, the rules are to be modified to permit additional time outs for rest and forced water breaks.

  1. Full Heat Alert – When the heat index reaches 95 (equivalent to T.H.I. of 78), no physical activity in any sport is permitted. Team meetings are permitted.HEAT POLICY

for more information on New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) Heat and wind chill policies click on links below:

Remember it takes a village to raise a child….Parents lets work together to keep our kids injury free and safe.
In addition you can check for your local temperature and “REAL FEEL” temperature.

Sag Harbor :5th Annual Katy’s Courage 5K 2015

Sag Harbor :5th Annual Katy’s Courage 5K 2015: Saturday, April 18th will be the 5th Annual Katy’s Courage 5K run in Sag Harbor,  Kathryn Collins Stewart a 12 year old who lost her battle to a rare form of liver cancer in December 2010, but not before she captured the hearts of so many in our community.
Katy’s Courage is a not-for-profit organization that is dedicated to education and support for families and children through scholarships, support for children’s bereavement counseling and pediatric cancer research.11091540_746642062118397_998514253295197514_n-2

The weather was brisk for the 4th Annual Katy’s Courage 5k run in Sag Harbor last year, lets hope for warmer weather this year since the event will be later in April. I am sure the runners will be energetic, motivated and pumped to take part in the run. The East Hampton/Bridgehampton/Pierson Spring Track Team will be participating in the event again this year.DSC_5076


Join Katy’s Parents, brother, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, Sag Harbor Family and tons of friends for the 5th Annual 5k in Sag Harbor…you can run or walk, bring the kids, the dog, whatever suits your fancy…Hamptons MouthPiece will be out there and we hope to see you.2015-5K-2

  • Officially register for the event here: [button color=”pink” link=”″ target=”_blank” font=”tahoma” align=”left”]CLICK HERE[/button]
  • When: Saturday, April 18th 2015  Starts 8:30 a.m. sharp
  • Where: Sag Harbor, NY
  • Cost: Pre Reg: $25.00; $30.00 Day of Race
  • Check in: 7:00 – 8:15 am. Race starts promptly at 8:30
  • Course: Rather flat with a few small hills around Sag Harbor Village
  • Age Groups: 14 and under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80-89
  • Awards: Top 3 males and 3 females overall and first three in each age group.
    Coming into Sag Harbor, go down Main Street almost to the end (the water), at the round-about, go around as if you were going to make a u-turn, but instead of a complete u-turn,  veer to the right – that’s Water Street.  Go past the Post Office, and just beyond the Beacon Restaurant on the right is an open area.  That’s where registration will take place.
    Kathryn, who was known as “Katy” to family and friends, succumbed to hepatoblastoma with her family by her side. The lifelong Sag Harbor resident had battled the disease since 2009. All proceeds go directly to Katy’ s Courage Fund, set up by Katy’s Family. Katy’s Courage Fund, is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to education and support for families and children through scholarships, support for counseling, and pediatric cancer research.DSC_4997
    For more information on Katy’s Courage and Katy Stewart’s journey, please visit Facebook page here (

    Hamptons Teen: Westhampton and Southampton Varsity Sprinters headed to compete in State championship

    Hamptons Teen: Westhampton and Southampton Varsity Sprinters headed to compete in State championship
    Hamptons Teens: Congratulations to the following students who will be going to the Winter Track State championship in Ithaca, NY on March 7TH… The girls 4×400 Girls relay track team is #1 in Section XI and will be heading to Ithaca to compete for the Gold Medal in the New York State Track and Field 2015 Championship. These girls qualified at the Millrose Trials and will be competing at the Armory on Saturday, February 14th. They will be competing with some of the BEST sprinters from all around the country. Hamptons Mouthpiece will be there covering that race!

    Lauren Lorefice a 12th grader @ Westhampton and part of the 4×400 relay team took 2nd in the Girls 300 Meter Dash 40.97. When I spoke with Lauren’s mom after the race they were very excited but not sure if she would compete in the 300 at the State Finals. The 300 is a hard race and she might choose to just focus on the 400 relay. Whatever decision Lauren decides, we congratulate her, a great way to end her High School Winter track season.

    Keira Kelly an 11th grader @ Westhampton will be competing in the Girls High Jump..she jumped an impressive 5-04.00 Good luck Keira!

    NYS-Qualifier-Championships-921aJoseph Strassfield a 12th grader @ Southampton High School is the only boy from the Hamptons competing at the State Finals…He finished 2nd in the Boys 55 Dash @ 6.60sec

    1) 3667 Lauren Lorefice 12 2) 3578 Nora Murphy 11
    3) 3570 Jennifer Jordan 10 4) 3564 Grace Gilbakian 11

    Congratulations to all of the student athletes that competed in the Section XI State Qualifier, an amazing accomplishment…
    Shout out to my daughter Allura Leggard and East Hamptons Boys Varsity Winter Track Team: Erik Engstrom, Thomas Paradiso and Will Ellis

    photo credit:  Ricci  Paradiso
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    Ricci Paradiso

    You can see more images from the Suffolk County State Qualifier HERE…

    Sag Harbor Community Rowing Open House

    Sag Harbor Community Rowing Open House and New Member Orientation/Registration on Saturday, June 14
    Sag Harbor, NY- Sag Harbor Community Rowing announced today that they will be holding an Open House and New Member Orientation on Saturday June 14 from 9:30am to 11:30am their rowing facility at Cove Park in Sag Harbor. Cove Park is located off Redwoods Road next to Jerry’s Marina and across from WLNG Radio.
    This event is free and open to all. There will be mini, “learn to row”  clinics and on water demonstrations. Registration forms for camp and seasonal membership will be accepted at this time.
    Instructors will be on hand to answer questions and tour the facility.
    For more information please go to , call 631-553-1112 or email
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    About Sag Harbor Community Rowing

    Our Goal is to make rowing accessible to all residents of Sag Harbor and the surrounding communities and promote the sport of rowing.  We will provide rowing opportunities for local schools and recreational programs, help them develop their own competitive rowing programs and offer seasonal programs for children and adults.

    Sag Harbor Community Rowing is a not-for -profit organization 501C-3 and a member of the United States Rowing Association.

    Sag Harbor Community Rowing was founded in 2008 by a group of rowing enthusiasts looking to expand their horizons and meet new people who shared a love for the sport.  Interest has been phenomenal and we hope to have many members joining us for training and clinics. The mission of Sag Harbor Community Rowing is to promote the safe practice of the sport, and we offer participants the opportunity to challenge themselves.  Everyone is welcome to join the adventure!
    To learn more about Sag Harbor Community Rowing and this Open House please contact:
    Lee Oldak, Director, Sag Harbor Community Rowing
    PO Box 1769
    Sag Harbor NY 11963
    Phone 631-553-1112

    The Hamptons seasonal bicyclist are out, share the road

    Hamptons Recreation:Greetings Hamptons Mouthpiece Readers….The Hamptons seasonal bicyclist are out, share the road. It has been a long cold winter and I for one am so excited to welcome the warm weather. Bike riding in the Hamptons has always been a favorite activity but now that we are quickly approaching the official start of the Hamptons season I thought it would be a good idea to go over some safe bike riding rules. It is unfortunate that there are not many roads in the Hamptons that have bike lanes and therefore Bikers, Drivers, Runners, Walkers and animals must share the road.turkey crossing the road

    Many accidents that occur are usually with bicyclist and drivers who do not respect each others space, so let’s try to avoid these unfortunate and preventable accidents this summer.Drivers and cyclists can work together to improve road safety through shared awareness, patience, courtesy and cooperation. Casual riding

    Bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as any other driver of a vehicle. While a driver’s license is not required to ride a bike, bicyclists are required to know and obey all traffic laws such as stopping at stop signs and traffic lights and signaling before turning or changing lanes. Bicyclists should never, under any circumstances, ride against traffic.

    A high percentage of all car/bike collisions result from cyclists going the wrong way. Stay to the right if you are moving slower than other traffic, maintain a constant position in the lane about three feet away from the curb or parked cars. Do not weave in and out of parked cars. Maintaining a presence on the road will help drivers see you and will reduce the chance that motor vehicles will pull in front of you. If lanes are too narrow to share with motor vehicles,
the safest place to ride your bicycle is in the middle of the lane. If the lanes become wider, move over to the far right side again.

    Rules for Bicycles

    Bicycles are the most vulnerable of all vehicles on the road, and extra safety precautions should always be taken when riding. Driving on roads requires care and courtesy whether you are driving a car or a bicycle. As road users, bicyclists must be predictable and highly visible; often drivers of vehicles have a difficult time seeing bicyclists in traffic. The following are some tips to help bicyclists Share the Road with vehicles.

    • Obey all traffic laws. Ride with traffic, obey stop signs, traffic lights and other traffic controls. Bicyclists do best when they act and are treated as drivers of vehicles.
    • Be aware of surrounding traffic, especially when riding in traffic with large trucks and buses that make wide right turns. Don’t sneak in between vehicles, and never assume that drivers see bicyclists or hand signals.
    • Ride with traffic. Ride on the right side, with the flow of traffic. Riding against traffic may cause you to miss traffic control devices, such as traffic signs and stop lights. Be especially careful when riding near or around trucks.
    • Be careful when riding too close to a large truck. Large trucks have blind spots in the front, back and on the sides, which make it difficult for drivers to see around them.
    • Be visible and predictable. Wear bright colors, ride straight, signal before changing directions, and plan ahead to avoid obstacles.

    Rules for Motorists

    Driving on roads requires care whether you are driving a car or a bicycle. Motorists must respect the rights of other road users including bicyclists. Do your part by being a safe and courteous driver. The following are tips to help drivers Share the Road with bicyclists:

    • Allow three feet of passing space between the right side of your vehicle and a bicyclist just as you would with a slow-moving vehicle. Maintain this distance even if there are designated bike lanes.
    • Do not pass bicyclists if you will be making a right turn immediately afterward. Always assume bicyclists are traveling through the intersection.
    • Before opening your car door, look for bicyclists who may be approaching.
    • Do NOT pass bicyclists if oncoming traffic is near. Wait as you would with any slow-moving vehicle.
    • Reduce your speed when passing bicyclists, especially if the roadway is narrow.
    • Don’t blast your horn when approaching bicyclists — you could startle them and cause an accident.

    Give bicyclists adequate space to maneuver. Recognize situations and obstacles which may be hazardous to cyclists, such as potholes, debris, and drain grates.

    Special thanks to MARC for this information.

    Bicyclist it is important to also pay attention to the rules about riding your bike down Main Street in most towns. I know in Sag Harbor you cannot ride your bike in Town, so bring a lock to park your bike if you would like to browse or have a bite to eat. Although many towns are safe there are still dishonest people everywhere.sag harbor main street

    If you are seeking to buy a Kayak or a Bike Amagansett Beach & Bicycle is my favorite place in the Hamptons. Lee & Barbara Oldak will take care of you, tell them Hamptons Mouthpiece sent you and I am sure they will give you a special savings off your total purchase. The Best kept secret is that not only can you rent a bike from them  but they will deliver and pick-up from you in towns Montauk-Bridgehampton. You can also have your bikes repaired as well and you can trade in your old bikes and be given a credit towards a new bike. Amagansett Beach and Bicycle are at 624 Montauk Highway, Amagansett New York, 631-267-6325amagansett beach bike

    Remember these words, they will save your life and others….“SLOW DOWN AND LIVE”