Texoma athletes, coaches work around high temps
WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - Today marked the hottest day in a long time, which means any outdoor activities can be dangerous.
Time is ticking down as we approach the start of football season, which means coaches have to start planning for the heat.
"I think the first thing is to educate them," Wichita Falls High School football coach Grant Freeman said. "This is how much water you need to be drinking, this is what types of things you need to be drinking. Eliminate cokes, eliminate those types of drinks."
Telling kids what they can and can not drink isn't the only thing needed when kids safety is at hand.
"If they say it's going to be over 105 or over 100 we may delay practice and bring them in later," Rider High School football coach Marc Bindel said. "Possibly even go to the stadium and turns the lights on and do it in the evening."
"You always want to monitor your kids," Freeman said. "Talk to them, take a look at them. I tend to walk around and look them in the eye and kind of see where they are at."
"Make sure they are drinking water, that they are handling that heat to a good level."
Sometimes the best thing is getting out of the heat altogether, especially when the teams are practicing on artificial turf rather than real grass.
"Even if there is a time where we practice for a little and then will go inside for a little and meet and get out of the heat for a little bit," Bindel said. Then maybe go back outside. Just so they aren't out there for two hours, because the turf it really does get really hot."
According to the Wichita Falls ISD heat index policy, if the temperature is 100 or the heat index is 105, the coaches are required to take water breaks every 20 minutes.
If the temp is between 100 and 105 or the index between 105 and 110, the players can't wear shoulder pads or helmets.
If the temperature is over 105 and the heat index is more than 110, no one can practice outside.
Coaches will have to plan accordingly when practices start on August 6th.
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