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New Hope-Solebury High School


Lions Athletics

New Hope-Solebury High School

Lions Athletics

New Hope-Solebury High School

Athletics Emergency Action Plan

Athletic Emergency Action Plan:

New-Hope Solebury High School

182 W. Bridge St.

New Hope, PA 18938


The purpose of the Emergency Action Plan (EAP) is to guide high school and athletic personnel, emergency medical services, and the New Hope Police Department in responding to emergency situations when they occur.  It is essential that the Athletic Department have a developed emergency plan that identifies the role of each member of the emergency response team, emergency communications, the necessary emergency equipment and the emergency protocol for each sporting venue.


Emergency Personnel:

Certified athletic trainers are employed to provide leadership in the health care of the student-athlete including the emergency management of injuries and illnesses during athletic participation, under the direction of the team physician.

Coaches are required to be trained and maintain certification in first aid and CPR.  Their role is to provide assistance to the ATC as part of the emergency medical team in the event of an emergency.

Chain of Command:

  1. The chain of command (in attendance) during severe or catastrophic injury will be as follows:
  1. Emergency Medical Technicians (if present)
  2. Team Physician (if present)
  3. Certified Athletic Trainer
  4. Qualified Coaches
  5. Once the EMT’s become involved with the injury, they are in control and have final say over any athlete.
  6. When present, the team physician will take command and make any necessary decisions on the well fare of the athlete.
  7. In the absence of the team physician the ATC will be in control of the care of the athlete and any decisions necessary.
  8. If the team physician and ATC are not present, the next person on the Chain of Command is in charge.



  • Team Physician (if present) stays with athlete.
  • Certified Athletic Trainer, when team physician not present, stays with athlete.
  • Head coach maintains crowd control/non-injured athletes, contacts parents (if not already present).
  • Site manager (if present) or assistant coach calls 911, waits for ambulance, ensures accessibility of rescue squad.
  • Assistant coach retrieves necessary emergency equipment and obtains athlete’s emergency consent form.


Immediate care of the injured or ill athlete(s)

There shall be at least one trained individual at all practices and competitive events.  The minimal training is first aid.  These individuals include the ATC or coach.  These individuals are to follow appropriate emergency first aid steps that they are trained for in order to care for the injured or ill athlete.

Activation of Emergency Medical System (EMS)

One member of the emergency care team will be directed to activate EMS.  This can be done using a cell phone. ONLY ONE PERSON SHOULD HAVE THE ROLE OF CONTACTING EMS.  This individual must be calm, have an understanding of the emergency, communicate well, and be able to identify the location of the emergency.  EMS is activated by dialing “911”.


Directing EMS to the scene

An individual should go to meet EMS.  Make sure at least ONE trained individual remains with the injured or ill athlete at all times.  If no other trained individuals are present, a student-athlete, parent or other bystander should be asked to assist with direction.

EMS Entrances: Numbers indicate fields as labeled on map (Appendix A)

Track, Stadium, Football Practice (1,2)

The track and stadium are located behind the student/faculty parking lot at NH-S.  Enter the parking lot at the “West Entrance” (next to “The Living Earth” garden shop) off of W. Bridge Street.  Continue straight through parking lot and pass through the access gate onto paved path.  The track and stadium entrance is off the path to the left where the fence starts on the west side.

From 202 Spur: Enter at the “North Entrance,” take the first right into the Upper Elementary School, and a dirt path will begin at the back end of the parking lot.  Follow the path to the top of the hill.  Take a left to get to the stadium.


Bridge Street Field, Tennis Courts, MS Soccer (9,10,11)

The EMS should report to the student/faculty parking lot located at the “East Entrance” of off W. Bridge Street.  Upon arrival, the EMS personnel should be directed accordingly to where the injured student-athlete is located.

From 202 Spur: Enter at the “North Entrance” and be directed accordingly.


HS Soccer, Baseball, Softball, Lacrosse, MS Field Hockey (3,4,5,6,7,8,12)

The EMS should enter at the “North Entrance,” take the first right into the Upper Elementary School, and a dirt path will begin at the back of the parking lot.  Follow the path to the top of the hill.  The soccer fields lie straight ahead, and the softball and baseball fields lie to the right.

From W. Bridge Street: Enter at the “East Entrance” and take a left into the Upper Elementary School across from the tennis courts.  Follow directions above.



The gymnasium is located on the west side of the school.  Enter the parking lot at the “East Entrance” from W. Bridge Street.  After entering the parking lot, bear to the left (toward the school) and go to the Theater Entrance.  Enter the school through these doors and follow the hall to the end. The Middle School gym is on the left, halfway down the hall and the High School gym is at the end of the hall on the right.

Athletic Injury or Illness Emergency Protocol

The following procedures are to be carried out by the ATC, coach, or first responder in the event of injury or illness to a student-athlete.

An ATC will be present at all Varsity Home contests, most middle school contests and practices.  In the event of multiple events occurring at Home, each venue will have the ATC’s cellular phone number that is to be used to contact the ATC in the event of an emergency.

  1. Home events occurring at New Hope-Solebury High School Facilities:
      1. Breathing cessation
      2. Severe Bleeding
      3. Concussion with loss of consciousness
      4. Suspected neck or spinal injury
      5. fracture
      6. dislocation
      7. eye or face injury
      8. heat related illness
      9. any other injury or illness resulting in poor vital signs, such as decreased blood pressure, weak pulse or signs of shock
              1. Follow the Emergency Action Principles and provide appropriate first aid care
              2. Activate EMS by calling 911.  Provide EMS with the following information:
                1. Identify yourself and your role in the emergency
                2. Specify your location and telephone number
                3. Give name(s) and age(s) of injured/ill athlete(s)
                4. Give condition of injured/ill athlete(s)
                5. Give time of incident
                6. Give care being provided
                7. Give specific directions to the scene of the emergency
                8. Do not hang up until directed to do so by the EMS dispatcher
              3. Monitor vital signs
              4. Be calm and reassure athlete
              5. Notify ATC as soon as possible
              6. Notify parent(s) of student-athlete(s) as soon as possible
              7. If parent is present, they will accompany athlete to the hospital; if no parent is present an assistant coach should accompany the athlete to the hospital
              8. Incident will be documented via the school accident report.  The accident report will be sent to the athletic director, school nurse, school principal and superintendent as soon as possible (no more than 6 hours).
              9. Provide follow-up care as necessary
    2. NON-Emergencies include:
      1. Sprains
      2. Strains
      3. Concussion (with no loss of consciousness)
      4. Illness
      5. Abrasions
      6. Minor cuts
      7. Contusions
              1. Provide appropriate first aid care
              2. Notify ATC
              3. If unable to contact ATC and/or are unsure of the severity of the injury, send the athlete to the appropriate medical care facility if necessary
              4. Notify the parent of the student-athlete if necessary
              5. Direct the student-athlete to report to the athletic training room the next day
              6. Provide follow-up care as necessary


  1. For contests and practices occurring AWAY FROM New Hope-Solebury High School:
        1. Follow the Emergency Action Principles and provide appropriate care
        2. Ask for the host ATC and follow the host institution’s emergency action plan
        3. If the athlete must be transported to an emergency facility, find out what facility they will be going to and notify the parents of the student-athlete.  If possible, a member of the coaching staff should go with the transported athlete.
        4. Notify the ATC at NH-S as soon as possible
        1. Provide appropriate first aid care
        2. Return to NH-S and follow non-emergency management protocols established for home events
        3. Notify the ATC at NH-S upon returning
        4. Notify the parent(s) of the student athlete(s)
        5. Direct the student-athlete to report to the athletic training room the next day
        1. Athletes who go to see a doctor or other health care provider will not be allowed to return to participation until the attending health care provider has given appropriate written clearance.
        2. All students who see a doctor or other health care professional MUST submit a doctor’s note upon return to school.




Location of AEDs

  1. Wall mounted AED in hallway between high school and middle school gyms, across from athletics office
  2. Portable AED will be carried on golf cart with athletic trainer when outside, or on the sideline in the gym


Lightning Action Plan

The chain of command to determine if participation is safe to continue during varying weather conditions is the athletic trainer, athletic director, and officials.  Communication with coaches and game management staff in order to make the best decisions regarding the safety of all persons is key.

The following is a broad description of the lightning safety policy for New Hope-Solebury Athletics:

  • Postpone or suspend activity if a thunderstorm appears imminent before or during an activity or contest (regardless of whether lightning is seen or thunder heard) until the hazard has passed.  Signs of imminent thunderstorm activity are darkened clouds, high winds, and thunder or lightning activity.
  • Designate a safe shelter for each venue, such as inside a locker room, school building, or the gym, but not dugouts or under trees or bleachers where lightning can still strike.  An alternate emergency safe shelter is a car with windows rolled up completely.
    • Fields 1, 2 and 9 will go to the high school
    • Fields 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12 and tennis courts will go to the upper elementary school
    • Visiting teams will be able to shelter in the schools or on their bus, their coach will decide where to go
    • Spectators will be encouraged to seek shelter in their car
  • Establish a chain of command that identifies who is to make the call to remove individuals from the field.  This should include ATCs, game management officials, coaches and/or administrators.
  • Once activity has been suspended, play cannot be resumed for a minimum of 30 minutes following the last visible lightning flash.
  • Assume the lightning safe position (crouched on the ground, weight on the balls of the feet, feet together, head lowered, and ears covered) for individuals who feel their hair stand on end, skin tingle or hear “crackling” noises.  Do not lie flat on the ground.
  • In the event of a lightning strike:

Observe the following basic first aid procedures in managing victims of a lightning strike:

  1. Survey the scene for safety
  2. Activate local EMS
  3. Lightning victims DO NOT “carry a charge” and are safe to touch
  4. If necessary, move the victim with care to a safer location
  5. Evaluate airway, breathing and circulation, and begin CPR if necessary
  6. Care and treat the injured or ill victim as needed


Cold Weather Guidelines

The following guidelines will be in place in the event of extreme cold weather:

  • Windchill below 10: No Outside activities
  • Windchill 10-25: Limit outside exposure to 30 minutes
  • Windchill 25-35: Limit outside exposure to 60 minutes
  • Windchill 35-45*: Limit outside exposure to 90 minutes

*While the risk is greatly reduced, hypothermia is still possible at temperatures in the 40s if athletes are not dressed warmly enough.

  1. Make sure all athletes are dressed appropriately.  Proper attire includes:
    1. Long pants
    2. Long sleeves
    3. Gloves and hats when possible
  2. There should be as little exposed skin as possible
  3. Athletes should dress in layers and have extra clothing available so that they can add or subtract as needed
  4. Cold weather gear should be considered part of the athlete’s equipment and they should not be allowed to participate if unprepared
  5. If athletes are exhibiting signs of cold weather stress activity should be discontinued and athletes moved indoors






Important Phone Numbers

Kris Foulke, Athletic Trainer: (215) 206-8981

Athletic Training Room: (215) 862-2028 x 3154

Erik Pedersen, Athletic Director: (267) 753-5681

NH-S Main Office: (215) 862-2028

Doylestown Hospital: (215) 345-2200

St. Mary Medical Center: (215) 710-2000

Hunterdon Medical Center: (908) 788-6100
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