North Kitsap Soccer Club

Dressing Properly for the Conditions

What’s in Your Fall & Winter Soccer Wardrobe?
Dressing Properly for the Conditions
As our warm and long Washington summer gives way to shorter, colder and rainy fall days it is very easy for
players, parents and even coaches to forget to ensure our pl
ayers are dressing properly for the conditions.
Ensuring players learn to dress properly for practices and matches will help reduce injury, ensure their optimal field
performance and make their field time more enjoyable. It is never too young to stress to
your players the importance
of proper dress, warm
-
up and cool down.
The same rule that mom taught you all those years ago, still holds true when it comes to dressing a player properly;
LAYER!
1.
BASE LAYER

many new, and somewhat pricey, fabrics have been
made for helping to wick dampness
away from the players body. It is this dampness by either perspiration or precipitation that causes the body
to overheat in the summer and get cold in the fall and winter.
Products such as Under Armor and Nike Pro
tigh
ts and tops are available at local sporting goods stores and online soccer stores such as
Soccer.com
.
These come in various thicknesses and sleeve lengths and are
specialized for heat dissipation (warm
weather) or insulation (cold weather). If your player is interested in continued outdoor play in any sport
purchasing a dedicated base layer is recommended.
In a pinch a cotton T
-
shirt or mock or regular
turtleneck m
ay be substituted but is not as efficient as those mentioned above.
2.
T
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SHIRT/UNIFORM JERSEY

the second layer over the base should be a larger cotton T
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Shirt or
uniform jersey.
3.
SWEAT SHIRT/WARM UP INSULATION LAYER

A larger cotton sweatshirt or poly
-
cot
ton or poly
warm
-
up jacket should be next. This layer provides most of the insulation.
4.
NYLON WIND BREAKER OUTTER LAYER

This layer helps keep rain and wind out. Again, many
products are on the market for this but in reality the garment should be light,
single laye
red and breathable.
The typical, nice looking poly
team warm up
IS NOT
appropriate for this function.
5.
LONG PANTS

Here the typical polyester warm up pants are appropriate but they tend to soak up water
quickly and do not insulate or block wind well. An alternate
is a cotton lined nylon wind pant.
6.
HATS & GLOVES

Yes, don’t forget these. Knit hats and gloves should be available and/or worn at all
practices as conditions dictate. It will be up to the referee on the field to allow these during official
matches.
DR
ESS UP
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STRIP DOWN

DRESS UP
The proper technique for providing maximum comfort and body protection during inclement weather is for the
players to come to the field dressed in all or a combination of the layers mentioned above while having all the other
s
available in their soccer bags.
The players should dress up with the layers appropriate and comfortable for just
standing outside. Yes, it will be a bit over dressed for partici
pating in practice or a match.
They should find what is
comfortable the
n start warming up. As the body warms the player should start stripping off and/or substituting
layers. This should be a slow process and not go from fully dressed to a T
-
shirt and shorts in one step unless the
weather dictates. It may be necessary to exp
eriment to find the correct layer combination comfortable for the
workout.
Make sure players store their discarded layers in a dry place, like their soccer bags.
As players come off the field a quick cool down is NOT advised especially as players get ol
der. Match substitutions
and “stand around” times at practices in cold and rainy weather conditions dictate that players begin to
IMMEDIATELY start putting back on their layers, one at a time, always ensuring they don’t cool off too quickly.
EXAMPLE

Th
e temperature is 40 degrees with a steady shower.
The player comes to the field in Under Armor, a T
-
shirt, sweatshirt and nylon windbreaker. As he/she begins warm
up they notice that they are becoming quite hot. They take off their sweatshirt just using
the Under Armor, T
-
shirt
and windbreaker. As practice continues and the player warms they decide to discard the windbreaker (aw I’m hot
and sweaty so what’s a little rain). Unfortunately, the player gets kicked during a drill and elects to sit out the l
ast
30 minutes of practice. He/she is pretty wet and puts on a clean dry, jersey from his/her soccer bag then the
windbreaker. As he/she cools further, but before they become cold they put on the sweatshirt underneath the
windbreaker. They have successf
ully warmed up, stripped down to comfortable layering and dressed back up in
time to remain warm and (semi) dry.
OTHER TIPS
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It is NOT necessary to spend lots of money for these layers. Simple cotton T
-
shirts, sweats, nylon outer shells, knit
hats and
gloves and USING THEM is all that is required. Remember to replace it after use.
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Carry an extra cotton T
-
shirt in your soccer bag. It’s nice to have a dry T
-
shirt in either very hot or rainy days.
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If players arrive to practice or matches underdress
ed and start out wet and cold they will never regain warmth
through exercise and are setting them up for hypothermia.
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Don’t be afraid to wear a knit hat and gloves as required.
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Always carry a large plastic garbage bag in your soccer bag. This can be
used to keep your bag dry in rainy
weather and can be used as an outer layer in extreme cases. Remember to replace it after use.