High school football officially starts regular season games this week with some of the hottest temperatures we have seen all summer. Coaches are taking the proper precautions with their players to keep them safe during the heat.
Howard High School football coach, Mark Teague said, "This time of year the sun doesn't go down by 7:30pm. Its still light outside. Its still hot." And it will be hot for Friday night's football games. Heat Advisory's have been posted in parts of the Tennessee Valley with heat index values expected to climb above 1-hundred degrees during the games. Teague said, "Well one of the things we emphasized way back in the spring was make sure our guys are properly hydrated. We tell our student athletes that you are not properly hydrated by drinking two 16 ounce bottles of water before practice. You hydrate the night before."
Teague told his players to stay away from soft drinks, juices and caffeine. He tells them to get plenty of water and gatorade.
Teague said, "When they come to the sidelines during the game. You come to the sideline, you get hydrated. Our water girls have been trained. We told them when a kid comes to the sidelines, I don't care if he was only out there one play. Hydrate. Give him water."
Marion County's football team experienced the heat Thursday night and coach Ricky Ross says his team powered through it. Ross said, "We talk about our hydration. We give our kids all kinds of fluids through the week. Pedialyte on Friday's and we did pretty well with it." Ross says officials allowed extended water breaks during the game. Ross said, "We don't want to disrupt the rhythm of the game, but anytime we wanted, we had heat time outs, get the water out there and I felt that the officials did a great job of that. They didn't impede the progress or effect tempo, but took good cautious measures."