The best refreshment for soccer players at a game is simply good, cool, water. Players are encouraged to bring their own water bottles or sports drinks, but a team water kit is still needed for every game for proper hydration and in the event of injury. (Coach does not recommend things like sliced oranges. They are sticky and the peels make a mess.)
At a minimum, a team water kit for games must consist of:
- At least two, and possibly three, one-gallon jugs of cool, not cold or iced, WATER.*
- One bag of ICE, approximately 8 pounds, which will keep the water cool and can be used in the event of an injury. (Very important!)
- Two or three large (gallon size), “zipper”-style, flexible plastic FOOD STORAGE BAGS to put the ice in, in the event of an injury.
- 100, 7-ounce, paper or plastic CUPS.
- One large TRASH BAG.
The water kit is best contained in a large, insulated, CAMP COOLER.
At the games, the water is to be poured into the cups and made available to players after warm-ups, upon substitutions, at halftime, at the end of the game, and upon request. Players are to put the cups in the trash bag after each use. Players are not to stick their hands in the cooler and grab individual pieces of ice.
PARENT NAME: ____________________________________
YOUR GAME TO BRING THE WATER KIT IS:
KICKOFF TIME: _______________________________
THIS IS “YOUR GAME.” EVEN IF THE GAME MOVES TO A DIFFERENT DATE, TIME, OR LOCATION DUE TO A RAIN POSTPONEMENT. (SIMILARLY, “YOUR GAME” DOES NOT CHANGE OR SHIFT DUE TO A RAIN POSTPONEMENT OF SOMEONE ELSE’S “GAME.”)
THE PROVISION OF A WATER KIT AT EACH GAME IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT TO THE TEAM. IF YOU CAN NOT MAKE IT TO THE GAME, CALL (MANAGER) IMMEDIATELY.
*This may be substituted with 48 individual 16 oz. or 500 ml. water bottles, but this is not really recommended because the players will lose track of which bottles are theirs.
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