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Students Transported to Hospital During Football Game

Eleven football players were taken to area hospitals for hypothermia.

Eleven football players were taken to area hospitals for hypothermia during a football game at Calhoun High School Saturday, Merrick fire officials said.

Ambulances from Merrick, Bellmore, East Meadow, Roosevelt and Freeport
Fire Departments were on the scene.

James Allen, fire chief of the North Merrick Fire Department, said when he arrived on the scene two were already transported to the hospital.

"When we got there, two came down with hypothermia during the game and were transported to the hospital by Bellmore-Merrick EMS," he said. "When we got there after the game, more kids came down with hypothermia symptoms in about 15 minutes."

The players were taken to Winthrop-University Hospital in Mineola, Nassau University Medical Center, and South Nassau Communities Hospital.

The medical status of the players are unknown.

Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District officials could not immediately be reached for comment.

Eighteen football players were also treated for hypothermia at Plainview JFK High School Saturday. Twelve of the players were transported to area hospitals by emergency crews, firefighters said. Six more players were treated at the scene.

This is a breaking news story. Patch will have more updates as they become available.

June Denny October 29, 2011 at 11:34 PM
Schedules can be changed, even with playoffs. My friend's grandson plays EMLL and the schedule changes constantly. Yes, I'm sure it would have been a headache for the coaches to have to change the schedule, but that's part of the job. A pain yes, but possible
June Denny October 29, 2011 at 11:38 PM
With the amount of players that were taken to the hospital, I'm curious whether they even finished the game? If they didn't, what a waste in the first place.
Susan October 29, 2011 at 11:53 PM
Diana, you are absolutely right but really one correction was enough. To Paul, if you had kids, you'd feel differently. Being a parent changes everything!!! To Patrick, I think you are confusing hypothermia with frostbite. Hypothermia can occur regardless of the outside temperature if one is not properly dressed.
Susan October 29, 2011 at 11:58 PM
June, no one said it was 11 players that went to the hospital. The article says "students". P.S. If my above comment appears twice, then I apologize. I tried numerous times to delete it but it does not seem to want to leave.
paul October 30, 2011 at 12:01 AM
Your statement not mine. Students Transported to Hospital During Football Game.. My opinion is to get all the facts and remove this blog of nonsense. Get the facts. Your story is vague. Was it students, in the stands, on the field, spectators. etc......
patti October 30, 2011 at 12:08 AM
I'm curious why everyone assumes Paul doesn't have kids?
June Denny October 30, 2011 at 12:10 AM
To Susan Weiss: I based my comment on Marianne's comment that is was players that were taken to the hospital (her daughter was at the game.) To Paul: I played dodge ball in grade school and enjoyed it!
paul October 30, 2011 at 12:15 AM
To dispell all rumors I have 3 children. In 3 different schools. I am not sure which Susan this is. I know many Susans...... And I do not think anyone on this blog even knows who I am.... Or where I am from...
Susan October 30, 2011 at 12:38 AM
Too funny, Paul. "Liar, liar, pants.... " and all the rest. lol. Enough.
Calypso October 30, 2011 at 12:42 AM
There is a difference between playing in cold weather and playing in cold and WET weather. Had it been only 35 degrees out but dry, this likely wouldn't have happened. Put it together with the rain/snow/sleet and you have problems. Was it really *that* important to have the game and not reschedule? You're not building character, you're being irresponsible if you end up with a team's worth of kids in the hospital due to playing in poor weather.
Thomas Hayes October 30, 2011 at 12:57 AM
Was this JFK ? the south sissys?
patti October 30, 2011 at 01:01 AM
The story is about Calhoun But we "south sissies" did have one player that was taken for treatment.
lora October 30, 2011 at 01:22 AM
I 've been reading these posts and I have to agree with the Susan that posted first. I was at the JFK game in Bellmore this afternoon. At one point it was hailing out. I understand that the sport of football is played in all types of weather, but these players are not in the NFL. As parents, our top priority is keeping our kids safe. As for you, Mr. Hayes, how dare you refer to JFK as the south sissies. The season started out a little rough for our players, losing the first three games. However, these kids pulled it together and will now continue on to the playoffs. I am a proud parent of a Kennedy Cougar cheerleader, and I am as equally proud of all the Kennedy Cougar football players. So Tom, do me a favor, if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all. Lora
Mickey October 30, 2011 at 01:22 AM
Mepham guys just kept on moving... knew how to keep as warm as possible. Their coach also had a small heat box, run by a small generator, for the boys to warm up their hands a bit if they wanted to. And to everyone here- these are teenage boys and this is football! The Pee Wee league is over! Thunderstorms, ALL sports games get cancelled. Snow/rain/cold- football games go on. THAT IS THE SPORT! And if the 11 were players, I am sure it was the coach who decided to have those 11 boys taken to the hospital when he saw they were in distress.
Trace October 30, 2011 at 01:23 AM
It's the players who had to go to the hospital. I have a friend who plays who had to be put in a ambulance. His soaking wet uniform was cut off of him in a attempt to get him into dry warm clothes. It was a mess today and the games should have been reschduled. Players were in nothing more than their regular uniform and a long sleeve under armour. I was on the sidelines in several layers and still managed to shiver in the cold. These boys should not have been allowed to play today. They were allowed to slide through the mud in freezing rain and hail for what, pride of the game? There is no reason why they could not have played during the week and still been on scheduled for play off games. It was very poor decision making by the coaches of the players, they are setting these boys up to be run down, and with LIC right around the corner that isn't very smart. Don't risk the players health for a regular season game to the point where they wont be able to play at their full potential during play offs and LIC.
Clubber October 30, 2011 at 01:34 AM
Let's remember this is High School level of football and many of these kids are playing for scholarships for next fall, many of them in colder and wetter places. Weather is part of the game, and if it bothers you, you should have quit years ago. Just like other cold weather activities (Skiiing, ice skating, etc) the key is preparation and mindset. If the coach didn't help prepare them, then shame on him. But don't tell me that this game should have been called off on account of weather. For some perspective, I attended college in Western New York (like my daughter today), and we called this weather "Spring".
Trace October 30, 2011 at 01:38 AM
And since everyone is referring to NFL players I'd like to clear one thing up, when you watch games on tv do you ever take a second to observe the sideline, our the quarter back when he isn't playing? If you do you would notice when they aren't on the field they are in the appropriate clothing for the weather. If it is cold they have on winter jackets, if it is raining they have a rain jacket on. These high school players were on the side line in nothing more then a uniform and a long sleeve t shirt. At the Freeport Baldwin game parents even gave up their jackets and blankets to players who were soaked and visably shivering. Even NFL coaches are more responsible then the coaches of these high school players, and NFL coaches are watching out for their players health and best interest more than the coaches of these high school players.
patrick October 30, 2011 at 01:46 AM
I guess we will see an ad from a Litigator on News 12 asking for clients in a lawsuit against Calhoun; Charging them with gross neglect in protecting players and fans from the cold in a game played in Oct. on a day with above freez9ng temperatures.
paul October 30, 2011 at 01:55 AM
What on earth does having a cheerleader for a school have to do with being a player? Players win and lose. Cheerleaders support and Cheer. RAH RAH RAH
Mickey October 30, 2011 at 02:12 AM
Hey Lora... I'm proud of my Mepham CL too! And these girls are out there in the same weather as the boys... and work hard with their comp routines and gymnastics. They were freezing cold at Mepham today too- dressed in mostly their cheer sweatshirts and pants. But out there in the rain and snow just like the guys... but they did cheer under umbrellas!! The guys were freezing... but not complaining. Just kept on moving... not standing still... helped them control the body heat a little better.
lora October 30, 2011 at 03:36 AM
To Paul, I was directing my post toward Tom who referred to JFK Bellmore as the "south sissies". My point was that the players did indeed play and "win" without complaining. I am proud to be a parent with children in this school. For the record, I do understand that cheerleaders cheer and players play.
paul October 30, 2011 at 03:46 AM
I agree..... The Cheerleaders are an asset to keep the players motivated..... RAH RAH RAH
Resident October 30, 2011 at 08:04 AM
They were NOT all players taken to the hospital unless Calhoun now has a 7 year old on the team. The director from the New York State Public High School Athletic Association sends directions to each Athletic Director and tells them Play or Postpone. He said PLAY yesterday! These are Athletes, NOT little sissy's, if you are cold, go home and read the results in the paper, they should play unless there is lightning in the area.
Resident October 30, 2011 at 08:10 AM
Susan, You ask "Who is protecting these kids?" Its NOT their parents taking care of them because a 7 year old was transported to the hospital for treatment, so it was NOT only players involved. AND...GREAT breakdown of the post Paul...Just one addition, the game was played because the Director from the New York State Public High School Athletic Association told the Athletic Director from Calhoun to Play.
Calypso October 30, 2011 at 01:31 PM
I think someone had a good point about a coach having a heat box at the sidelines. Apparently that one had a little more common sense. And I'd bet that the athletic director on site has overriding authority on whether or not the kids should play due to adverse weather conditions. Where's this New York State director located? I bet not in Merrick! For those keep saying how these kids are athletes and they should play regardless, go and do some research on hypothermia before blowing out all your hot air on the subject. If common sense can't convince you that these kids shouldn't have been playing, maybe medical facts will. Playing in cold, hypothermic weather conditions is not doing anyone any favors on any level. Aside from the obvious (to most anyway) medical risks, the players won't be at their top game. Not only are they shivering at the sidelines, their mental acuity gets worse. So they're slower because they're physically stiffening up and they're playing poorly because they're brains can't process as well as they should. And then there's the risk of frostbite. How well are your kids going to throw and catch that ball if they damage their hands? Is playing in this weather worth the risk to knock them out for the rest of the season? I don't think a lawsuit is necessary but if this does something to adjust policy in the state or school or leagues, then it's a good lesson.
Aruba October 30, 2011 at 01:57 PM
Seems the Carey coaches wanted to postpone the game against Calhoun in the first place. Glad there are people still left with common sense brains in there heads. Remember people, this is not the NFL! Congratulations Carey, you deserved to win this game!
Frank October 30, 2011 at 03:44 PM
I think almost as disturbing as the actual incident are the comments by some of the people to this article. CALYPSO, your comments are right on target. Kids were sent to Emergency rooms for hypothermia, that is not a trivial matter. It was dangerous and to think that it might be parents who suggest that kids aren't tough enough is just absurd. Obviously they played and toughed it out, it's the adults mission to protect them, which all involved did a poor job of, coaches, sideline doctors, athletic directors and parents. Long Island teams are not prepared for that level of extreme conditions. The kids did not have any rain gear to protect them while sitting on sidelines and outside of Mephams coach, no other team had a generator with a heat blower. Quite honestly if it gets to that level of weather, the games could have been rescheduled for Monday or Tuesday and not interfere with playoff schedules.
Mary October 31, 2011 at 02:26 PM
This is a response from a PARENT (a mom, gasp!) of one of those players: Was my son cold? Sure he was. Was he uncomfortable? You bet. Did he and his teammates WANT to play football? THEY SURE DID! It's FOOTBALL, not ballet, people, and while I agree it was cold and miserable out, (I watched the ENTIRE game) that is the essence of the sport. As for those who went to the hospital, the previous posters are correct: MOST were spectators who were too dumb to know how to dress themselves or their younger children. Get over it people! Go Calhoun!!!
Liz Berger November 01, 2011 at 03:02 PM
It is my hope and prayer that the coaches/principals who have now experienced this unusual circumstance of weather are better prepared for back up plans if and when situation arises once again. What are you really teaching them when they're not properly prepared to endure these weather conditions. Let's go Mepham btw!
Mephamfootball101 September 08, 2012 at 03:19 AM
Ok first of all to all of the parents if there were some players who had hypothermia it's those players parents fault for not saying "oh god it's freezing out....go put two more under armour shirts on" I mean really I'm a player myself and have been practically out side 365 days of the year parcticieing even on my birthday I practicied we players at Mepham put everything we have in to playing the game

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