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The New Peel Outdoor Smoking By-law

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

No Smoking Near Soccer Fields In PeelJuly 25, 2013

Re: Peel Outdoor Smoking By-law

To: Sports Associations

As of September 2, 2013, the Peel Outdoor Smoking By-law makes it against the law for anyone to smoke within nine meters (30 feet) of:

  • perimeter of municipal playground areas (including any outdoor area that is designed for the enjoyment or exercise of children and youth)
  • perimeter of municipal sports/activity areas (including any area that is for sports and activities, as well as spectator seating areas and player warm up areas)
  • entrances and exits of municipal buildings (including municipal offices, transit facilities, libraries, recreation centres, concessions stands, fire halls, police stations, golf course club houses, and Peel Housing Corporation multi-unit dwellings with common entrances)

The goal of the Peel Outdoor Smoking By-law is to reduce the public’s exposure to harmful second-hand smoke and create a healthy environment for everyone involved in sports and play, whether they are in the game or in the stands.

Regional tobacco enforcement officers and municipal by-law officers can issue warnings, tickets and fines starting at $250 if the law is broken.

We encourage you to include no-smoking policies in your codes of conduct and share this by-law with your coaches, officials, players, parents and spectators.

For more information, call Peel Public Health at 905-799-7700 and ask to speak with a health inspector (Caledon residents may call toll free at 905-584-2216) or visit SmokeFreePeelRegion.ca. For information about quitting smoking, contact Smokers’ Helpline at 1-877-513-5333 or visit SmokersHelpline.ca.

Sincerely,

Dr. David Mowat
Medical Office of Health, Region of Peel

Download a PDF of the above letter here.

Heat Related Injuries When Playing Soccer

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

Avoiding and Preventing Heat Related Injuries When Playing Soccer

Proper Hydration to AVOID AND PREVENT HEAT RELATED INJURIES WHEN PLAYING SOCCER

There are some simple guidelines which have been prepared by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) when it comes to running activities in a hot and/or humid environment. The goal in participating in hot weather is to avoid fluid loss from the body or dehydration. Water not only accounts for some 98% of our body composition, but functions to help deliver oxygen to working muscles, and keeps the body from overheating during strenuous activity. Hard working muscles generate heat which is dissipated through the act of sweating. Evaporation of sweat on the skin allows the body to get rid of this heat and cool it off. In looking at the objectives for advising officials and participates about this subject it seems that the following categories are
areas requiring attention:

1. To educate athletes and event officials about the most common forms of environmental illness including predisposing conditions, warning signs, susceptibility and incidence reduction.
2. To advise officials of their legal responsibilities and potential liability with regard to event safety and injury prevention
3. To recommend that officials consult local weather archives and plan games at times likely to be of low environmental stress to minimize detrimental effects on athletes.
4. To encourage officials to warn athletes about environmental stress on game \ practice day and the implications for heat and cold illness.
5. To inform officials of preventive actions that may reduce debilitation and environmental illness.
6. To describe the personnel, equipment, and supplies necessary to reduce and treat cases of collapse and environmental illness.

To this end, after review of the available literature and after consultation of various medical authorities and officials it was felt that the following recommendations are some key guidelines for soccer participation in the heat:

1. Avoid dehydration and make sure you pre-hydrate: Don’t wait till you feel thirsty because the body will not be able to tell you in time that you are dehydrated, here are some practical recommendations:

      • 2 hours before exercise, drink at least 500 ml (an average bottle of water)
      • 1 hour before exercise, drink at least 250 ml (half an average bottle of water)
      • During the exercise, drink at least 125 ml to 25o ml oz every 15 – 20 minutes
      • Immediately after the exercise, drink at least 500 ml of water or an electrolyte replacing drink
      • 1 hour after a training session or game consider drinking  500 ml of skim milk or chocolate milk for protein and muscle repair

2. As a rule of thumb you should drink at least 500 ml for every 20 lbs of body weight, therefore, someone weighing 140 lbs needs to drink at least 3500 ml of fluid per day if training or playing that day.

3. Drinking carbohydrate and electrolyte fluids may be beneficial in avoiding heat trauma.

4. Wearing light breathable clothing is advised.

5. Officials should be very cautious in authorizing games and practices in environments where the temperature plus humidity combined are 35C and over. They should inquire of the participants to ensure pre-event hydration, medication use and susceptibility to heat injury ( prior occurrence). Also unlimited substitution is recommended during games as is frequent fluid brakes and fluid availability on both sides of the field.

The other issue to consider is, and you may be asking yourself at this point, what are the risk factors which could predispose a soccer player to heat injury. Listed below are a the major risk factors but this is by no means an exhaustive list:

1.     Not being acclimatized

2.     Unfit

3.     Hypo hydration

4.     Hyper hydration

5.     Use of a variety of medications or supplements

6.     Persons with persistent, disabling mental illness

7.     Certain medical conditions (cardiac, lung)

How can you tell if one of your soccer players is experiencing heat injury? Below is a list of the early warning signs to look for and again this is not an exhaustive list:

1.     Flushed face

2.     Hyperventilation or shortness of breath

3.     Headache

4.     Dizziness

5.     Tingling arms

6.     Goose bumps (hair on arms standing on end)

7.     Chilliness

8.     Poor coordination

9.     Confusion, agitation, uncooperativeness

There are 3 main types of heat injury identified in the medical literature:

1. Heat Cramps – these are the mildest form of heat trauma and are commonly related to low body sodium and chloride levels.
Signs & Symptoms include – weakness, muscle cramps, collapse with low blood pressure.
Treatment – is aimed at replacing the salt loss and can be oral or by intravenous if vomiting is a problem. Having athletes put a little extra salt on their food the day before and day of game can be a helpful way to avoid this condition.

2. Heat Exhaustion – this is a more severe medical event as follows.
Signs & Symptoms include – weakness, irritability, collapse, unable to sweat adequately to promote body cooling, my proceed in the more ominous heat stroke and a fine rash is often present.
Treatment – remove athlete to a cooler environment, use ice baths, fans.

3. Heat Stroke – THIS IS A MEDICAL EMERGENCY – it is due to a failure of the heat-controlling mechanism. It may occur merely as a result of exposure to heat.
Signs & Symptoms include – mental confusion, headache, poor coordination, delirium, convulsions and death. The body temperature may be 40C or higher, the skin is usually hot and dry as the sweating mechanism has failed.
Treatment – Call 911 and transport to a local Hospital. Rapid cooling is the goal using wet towels, spray mist, sponge baths and removal from the heat. This condition could cause the athlete to go into shock and coma may follow so immediate medical attention is required.

Reference: 
American College of Sports Medicine POSITION STAND. Exercise and Fluid
Replacement, Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 2007

Acknowledgements:
Dr. Rudy Gittens
Past Medical Director, Canadian Soccer Association

Submitted by:
Dr. Robert Gringmuth
Chair, OSA Medical Advisory Committee

 

2013 Kicks For Cancer Tournament

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

Kicks For Cancer - New LogoThe Kicks For Cancer tournament is upon us once again and in true BAS fashion, we’re expecting a strong showing of support from our league members for this great cause.

The Kicks For Cancer tournament has, in previous years, experienced a great deal of support from BAS members, teams, players and officials and we’re hopeful and sure that this level of dedication and support for a great event and an even greater cause will continue.

The tournament spans two days, from Saturday, August 17th to Sunday, August 18th, 2013 and includes a guaranteed 3 full matches for all participating teams, with the potential for 5 matches should you reach the finals.

Registration is only $30.00 per person.  So visit the Kicks For Cancer site at www.cancer.ca/kicksforcancer and get yourself registered.  After that, all you’re required to do is have fun, play soccer and do a bit of fundraising before the tournament.

Alternatively, you can visit the Kicks For Cancer Facebook Page and learn a bit more about the tournament before you register.

Brampton Adult Soccer was recently sent a letter of recognition from the Canadian Cancer Society for our repeated participation in the Kicks For Cancer tournament and since most everyone reading this will most likely be a registered member of BAS, we feel that you should all have access to this letter as well.  It is your participation in BAS and in the Kicks For Cancer tournament that makes this all as positive an experience as it is.

2013 Kicks For Cancer - Front

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Is it raining in Brampton?

Monday, April 29th, 2013

Is it raining in Brampton?Occasionally, sitting at work in Mississauga or Toronto on a Friday, or out of town on a Sunday with the family at a picnic in Cambridge, BAS members find themselves wondering “…is it raining in Brampton?”

So in addition to the weather widget we’ve always had in our sidebar, we’ve added a series of buttons that take you to 4 different webcams spread out across downtown Brampton and maintained by the City.  Sure, the weather widget may say it’s sunny, but a quick click will let you see exactly what the weather is like at Gage Park, Main and Queen, Queen and Chapel and also at Chinguacousy Park.

OWSL Training and Tryouts – Update

Saturday, April 20th, 2013

The OWSL is the highest expression of women’s amateur soccer in Ontario. To promote BAS and the depth of the women’s game in Brampton, we are pleased to announce that our OWSL team will be returning for the 2013 season. Home games are in Brampton on Wednesday evenings at Terry Fox Stadium.

OWSL

BAS OWSL training and tryout dates – rain or shine:
Every Sunday starting April 21st.

Location: Heartlake Secondary School
Time:  1:00pm – 3:00pm
Notes:  Please bring running shoes for the running portion of the session

It’s important to attend all sessions, so please email us with your name, contact number, preferred position, and secondary position:  rep@bramptonsoccer.com

 

 

Shirt Requirements – Team Rep Presentation

Monday, February 18th, 2013

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Boxing Day Bonanza 2012 – Details Are Here

Sunday, November 11th, 2012

2012 Boxingday BonanzaWelcome to the 2012 BAS Boxing Day Money Tournament!

Tournament takes place at the Brampton Soccer Centre on Wednesday, December 26th, 2012;
all teams are guaranteed 3 games! Do not wait until the deadline to enter as the tournament may fill up prior to the deadline.

  • Men’s Purse = $2500* (Based on 16 teams)
  • Women’s Purse = $2500* (Based on 16 teams)
  • FREE food to participating teams
  • Regular Entry Fee: $395/per team (Due by deadline)
  • Deadline to Enter: December 1st 2012
  • MVP Prizes for the Finals!

Send an email to our Tournament Director to register.

* – Cash purse prizes are based on 16 men’s teams, 16 women’s teams. Prizes may be adjusted up or down if more or less teams enter.

* – Please note we are NO longer taking mailed payments, all payments are to be made online or dropped at the store.

BAS Community Forum Has Moved

Monday, September 24th, 2012

After a few weeks of discussions and deliberations between those involved in the running the BAS network of sites we’ve come to the conclusion that it was time for a change.

We posited three primary questions:

  1. How do we get MORE people involved in the BAS Community?
  2. How do we improve our spam prevention and thus make the community aspect of the league friendlier and easier to navigate?
  3. How do we improve the quality of interaction between individuals?


We found that all three questions were answered simply by applying a single, convenient solution:  Facebook.

BAS Community Now On Facebook

First, by our measure, we’d estimate that about 90% of BAS members have existing Facebook accounts and that about 70% of them are active users.  (Our aggregate web stats over the past 3 years support these estimates.)  Meanwhile, by our count there are approximately 20% of BAS members that had accounts on our Community Forum.  Of that 20%, only about 20-30% of them are actually active users.  Break it down and it’s a pretty small cross section.  So, instead of bringing everyone to the ‘community’, we’re bringing the ‘community’ to everyone.

Second, many had already commented and it would be disingenuous to suggest otherwise, but the ‘spammers’ had gotten the better of our forum software.  Could something have been done?  Yes.  We could have upgraded the forum software, migrated the ‘community’ forum to meld with the …90 Perfect Minutes… blog you’re reading here and invested quite a few hours into writing approximately 1000 or so lines of CSS code.  (Cascading Style Sheets)  That would have solved the spam issue, for a while.  However, it still wouldn’t have addressed the additional two questions we’d asked.  Furthermore, it would only have been a matter of time until we’d have to upgrade and write a few more hundred lines of code to stop the new spam techniques from breaking through the defenses.  Since Facebook’s already doing this, why double up on the effort?  Especially since Facebook was the answer to the other two questions.

Third, our biggest issue with users on the forum, from the start, was that the concept allowed for anonymity.  It was far too simple to create an account, using a hosted email address (ie., hotmail, gmail, live) and post a series of argumentative and vitriolic posts.  BAS welcomes open discussion about improvement, constructive criticism about things that aren’t working and how they can be improved, however, BAS also doesn’t condone people being jerks to another.  People can now speak as freely as ever within the BAS Community, but they do so knowing that their name and identity is firmly attached to the statements they’ve made.  To us, this is important and it’s also an improvement.  We are, ultimately, trying to foster a sense of community amongst those that play in BAS and feel that this step we’ve taken, in moving our community forum to Facebook, is a positive step in the right direction.

In closing, we hope everyone finds the new set-up agreeable and while we do know that some people will be adverse to the change, for both legitimate reasons as well as due to a level of disdain for change itself, we ask of you only patience.  Try it out for  few weeks and reserve judgment until then.

Soccer Shoe Sale At Sports Brampton

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

25 Percent Off On All Soccer Shoes

From September 18th, 2012 to September 22nd 2012, our partners over at Sports Brampton, are offering 25% off on all football shoes.  With indoor just around the corner, this is the ideal time to get yourselves kitted out with a new set of boots.  Don’t get left behind with a tattered model from a few years ago.

BAS YEAR END BANQUET

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

BAS BANQUET “THE FINAL WHISTLE”

It is with deep regret we have to announce that this years BAS Banquet on September 22, 2012 is cancelled.
Due to the Women’s end of season tournament cancellation we will not be able to host the Banquet this year.

Your BAS committee members will be refunding your sold tickets in full.  In order to process your refund you will need to return your purchased ticket to the committee member who sold it to you. If you don’t have their contact information, please contact the social director at the email address below.

On a happy note, mother nature will not be canceling any indoor games, so the Casino Bus will happen on the date it is scheduled.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the Director of the Social Committee at social@bramptonsoccer.com.