AIR QUALITY & PSI
When the 3-hour PSI is reported by the NEA website to be higher than 100, at 1-hour prior to the start of, or at any time during ANY training or match-participation, all aerobic activity will be either downgraded to anaerobic training, or if match participation, stopped for all Academy Junior members.
When the 3-hour PSI is reported by the NEA website to be higher than 150, at 1-hour prior to the start of, or at any time during ANY and ALL training or match-participation, all physical activity will be immediately stopped.
PSI AND OUR CHILDREN
The haze which is being experienced in Singapore is a potentially dangerous health hazard for all of our children (and parents) of the big family of Academy Junior. And as a family, we put health and safety as paramount for us all. We have attempted to revise our policy so as to optimize, first, the safety and, secondly, the fun of our kids, and at the same time, protect our family from any financial losses caused by the haze. This is a challenging time for outdoor sports activities, and we endeavor to rise to this challenge together. We have a policy, we suggest also that parents use discretion, and we are open to discussing the haze, its causes and dangers, and our response to it.
SUMMARY OF UPDATES to the PSI policy:
AIR QUALITY & PSI
When the 3-hour PSI is reported by the NEA website to be higher than 100, at 1-hour prior to the start of, or at any time during, ANY and ALL aerobic training activities & match-participation will be suspended, but anaerobic training activities may continue.
When the 3-hour PSI is reported by the NEA website to be higher than 150, at 1-hour prior to the start of, or at any time during, ANY and ALL anaerobic training activities will be suspended.
AEROBIC OR ANAEROBIC TRAINING ALLOWED – PSI IN THE HEALTHY RANGE (up to PSI 100)
For clarity, because the PSI is reported as a 3-hour moving average, if the PSI is reported at exactly 100 and the previous reading was 100 or below, all aerobic activities such as aerobic training and match-participation will be immediately suspended. If the PSI is reported at exactly 100, and the previous reading was reported to be above 100, all aerobic training and match-participation will proceed, as the spot PSI is lower than 100. (We also might exercise prudence and cancel training/match-participation even if the 3-hour reading has not hit 100. An example, if the 3-hour reading jumps up from a low number to 80 or 90, then the spot PSI has to be over 100, and we reserve the right to cancel the training.)
ANAEROBIC TRAINING ALLOWED – PSI READINGS IN THE UNHEALTHY RANGE (up to PSI 150)
The issue measured by PSI is the quality of air being breathed. “Aerobic” training activities are fuelled by oxygen, so increased levels of oxygen requirements means more air is being breathed by the participant. This is a problem when the PSI is over 100, and the Ministry of Health guidelines suggest curtailing high-intensity activities. But the Ministry of Health guidelines only suggest suspension of all outdoor activities when the PSI reaches 200. Academy Junior Football Club chooses to follow a more conservative limit of PSI 150. If the PSI is reported at exactly 150 and the previous reading was 150 or below, all anaerobic training will be immediately suspended. If the PSI is reported at exactly 150, and the previous reading was reported to be above 150, anaerobic training is allowed. We also might exercise prudence and cancel anaerobic training even if the 3-hour reading has not hit 150. An example, if the 3 hour reading jumps up from a low number to 80 or 90, then the spot PSI has to be over 150, and we reserve the right to cancel the training.
Although the 3-hour PSI is published, the primary measure of air quality, for aerobic training purposes, should be the spot PSI measurement, which is only available thru interpolation. We try our best to interpolate the readings, but cannot base a policy on interpolation due to lack of precedent.
You can find these readings at www.nea.gov.sg or download their app.
PLAYERS WITH RESPIRATORY ISSUES
Players with asthma or other respiratory issues are asked to please bring these to the attention of the Technical Director or Principal of the Academy Junior Football Club. We recommend to the parents of these players to exercise conservative discretion in allowing their child to play.
Academy Junior Football, during this period, shall maintain a policy that players may make-up missed lessons at any other session during the current term. (Revised – effective for Sept/October 2015 only) Due to the number of sessions being affected by the haze, and coming to the end of TERM 1, it will be allowed for players to carry forward any missed sessions into TERM 2, provided that they maintain the same level of membership (eg. Gold => Gold or Platinum, or Platinum => Platinum). If membership is downgraded, then carryforward will not be allowed (eg. Gold => Silver, Platinum => Gold). For Platinum members in the u6 through U12 age groups, special makeup programs will be discussed individually).
Many leagues and event organizers in Singapore do not have published Standards on Air Quality. And we cannot control the practices of organizers of events and leagues in which we participate. But we do hope that all youth soccer academies and leagues, and all youth sports organizers, will publish and adhere to an Air Quality Policy. Should, during the course of a match or event, the published 3-hour PSI levels exceed the safe levels of the SSC/MoE SOP, our technical representative (coach or technical director) will discuss with parents how to proceed.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING AND COOPERATION
For the purposes of transparency, please be aware that cancelled sessions do not result in less costs for the school, as the coaches are all on fixed salaries and contracted pitch & other costs are still incurred.
FURTHER POLICIES TO BE PUBLISHED