Sorry for all the cheer posts...I don't have any sane people to talk to.
I found out last night that one of my girls was hospitalized with a blockage in one of the arteries leading from her heart to her lungs. She's in serious condition with no timetable for return.
State law says we are required to have a medical clearance for every athlete at the start of tryouts; however, because cheerleading starts so early in the year (April/May) and physicals for the regular 2014-2015 season aren't due until July 1, our athletic director has told us not to collect them until then, in large part so those in low income situations can take advantage of the "low-cost" ($75) clinic given by the school. So, we have gone three months of tryouts and practices with no medical clearance for most of our kids - including this one.
The high for tomorrow is forecasted for 101. The same AD did not process our facility request for a indoor, air-conditioned space, so we have been practicing outside. It's been fine so far; our usual weather runs 75-85 degrees. In light of this girl and the fact that our kids are not accustomed to working out in such high heat, I want to cancel my practice. The way I see it, it's a legal issue if one of them has a medical issue due to the heat (or anything else), and it's my ass on the line if something happens. The Frosh coach has already cancelled hers due to most of her team being on vacation, but the director is pushing for me to keep my practice. She said she would take it if I didn't feel well enough to run it (and I don't, given a cold, UTI, and being pregnant, plus DS is sick), but I still think the legal responsibility would fall on me.
Do I hold my line? I think it's dangerous and irresponsible for one stupid practice. Or do I just let her do it and if anything happens, try to say that I refused to take my team out and it was her decision? I don't even know if I can make the call over her, but I am the head coach of my team, and not an assistant of hers. I think I should be able to make the best decision I see fit for my kids.
Ugh...quitting looks better and better every day. TIA!
ETA: If you have legal experience, who would this fall on anyway? Me, for being the direct coach? The director? The AD for permitting us to waive the clearance for three months?