Caroline Springs George Cross FC - Sun Smart Policy

People often experience sunburn and skin damage when playing or watching sport due to extended periods exposed to high levels of UV without appropriate sun protection.

Check the SunSmart UV Alert times to find out when sun protection is required. As a general rule, sun protection is needed from the beginning of September to the end of April in Victoria or whenever UV levels are 3 and above. Particular care should be taken during the middle of the day when UV levels are highest.

From May to August in Victoria, sun protection isn’t usually needed unless near highly reflective surfaces such as snow, outside for extended periods or when the UV reaches 3 and above.

Schedules, fixtures and rule modifications (including a cancellation policy)
  • Where possible, training, events and competitions are scheduled to minimise exposure to UV and heat.

  • Cancellation of training, events or competition occurs when high risk conditions are forecast.

Where it is not possible to avoid peak UV and heat periods, the following interim steps are taken to minimise the risk of overexposure to UV and heat illness:

  • Warm-up activities are limited in duration and intensity.

  • The duration of the activity is reduced.

  • Activities may start earlier in the morning or later in the evening.

  • Rest breaks and opportunities to seek shade and rehydrate are increased.

  • Officials rotate out of the sun more frequently than usual.

  • Player interchange and substitution is used more frequently than usual.

  • Activity is held at an alternative venue (e.g. training at a pool).