Tuesday, May 9, 2017

5 Ways to Keep Cool at the Ballpark

These five tips will keep you cool at the ballpark all summer long. Post also includes a great tip for keeping cooling towels clean and disinfected for the team.

Our first year of all-stars landed us playing ball through the middle of July in what has GOT to be the hottest summer in South Carolina history.

I remember sitting through sub-district thinking we were all going to die. Surely one of these boys is going to fall out and have to be rushed to the hospital. No human can withstand this. Then we won and went through to district and I thought the same thing: We’re all going to die.

Then, blessed virgin of mercurial mercy, the state tournament was played in the upstate where the temps were a skosh cooler and I just thought some of us would be brain damaged – not actually die.

From that summer forward I made it my mission to beat the heat. And, if I’m being honest, I must have had my head in a cloud that summer because all I had to do was look around and see what the seasoned pros were doing to stay cool. My friends and I still laugh (embarrassedly so) at how we just sat there. We literally just sat there in that heat and did nothing to help ourselves. Oye. Ya live and learn, right?

So, here’s a list of stuff that now goes with us EVERY TIME we play ball and the temperature is over 90 degrees. This all seems obvious to me now but I certainly didn't think of it the first summer we needed it so if this helps anyone out there, it was worth throwing together!



1 – Canopy Tent
This is you’re A-#1 line of defense. The shade makes a 10-15 degree difference in temperature. Actually, according to this, shade doesn't make temperatures cooler. Rather, being in direct sunlight and solar radiation makes the air feel 10 to 15 degrees warmer than it actually is. But whatevs, I’ll take that 10-15 degree difference any day.



2 – Personal Fans
I’m a face sweater. It’s lovely. The rest of me can be bone dry but my face sweats so bad I look like I’m having a reaction to something. Or detoxing off heroin. But if I keep my trusty little fan trained on my neck and face it helps tremendously! If you get the kind that has a mister on it, even better! Your hair is going to look like crap anyway so don’t worry what the mist is going to do to it. I add ice to mine and keep it in the cooler when I'm not using it which helps too.



3 – Cooling Towels
These are those microfiber or PVA towels you keep in ice-water to be wrapped around your head and neck to cool off. And they are amazing. Use these for yourselves but also get some for the team. Fill a cooler with ice-water and cooling towels for the players to use when they’re in the dugout. Add vinegar, salt or witch hazel to the team’s towel cooler to help kill germs (that cooler water gets pretty yucky by the end of the day). I prefer to use salt. Even if it gets in their eyes it's no more uncomfortable than sweat or ocean water.



4 – Umbrellas
If you’re somewhere you can’t set up your canopy tent, a nice wide umbrella can help tremendously. I’m thinking of investing in a few of these chairs like the one above too. I love that you can angle the umbrella to block the sun no matter where it is.



5 – Large Insulated Stainless Steel Water Tumbler
I have the ever-coveted yetis and I have the ones you get at Wal-Mart and I, honest to God, can’t tell a difference. What I can tell you is that drinking ICED water, not just cold water, really helps keep me cool. I fill my tumbler up with as much ice as it will hold then top it off with cold bottled water from the cooler.



These five tips will keep you cool at the ballpark all summer long. Post also includes a great tip for keeping cooling towels clean and disinfected for the team.

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