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High school football coaches prepared for heat

Monday morning across Arkansas, high school football players start fall practice. The challenge for coaches will be keeping kids hydrated on the hottest day of the year.
LITTLE ROCK, AR - Monday morning across Arkansas, high school football players start fall practice. The challenge for coaches will be keeping kids hydrated on the hottest day of the year.

Sunday, FOX16 talked with three coaches who all have game plans when it comes to keeping their students safe.

"It's important for them to not only stay hydrated with the heat, but also get rest, so we've been stressing that all year," says Little Rock Central High School Head Football Coach Scooter Register.

Central starts football practice at 6:30 Monday morning. Register's players shouldn't have a problem getting up that early. They've been working out at 6:30 for most of the summer.

"Certainly it's not getting up in the morning and drinking a lot of water, you know, you gotta hydrate yourself two and three days out," says the coach.

Little Rock Catholic's hydration policy started in May.

"By trying to teach them to maintain proper eating habits, and hydrating in the evening, really, you get dehydrated the day before if you're not taking enough fluids," says Little Rock Catholic High School's Head Football Coach David Estes.

Every coaching staff watches out for kids who aren't sweating, or get dizzy, get a headache, or start feeling weak.

"It's an ongoing process that as a coaching staff you lose sleep over, but as a training staff, he loses quite a bit of sleep over it," says Estes.

Parkview's practice won't start until 8:00 Monday morning with freshmen orientation.

"A lot of people make the mistake in doing it at the wrong times of the day. Our morning practice begins at 8. It's over with at 11. That means they get about 10:30 til about 11, they get that heat, but it's not that long, extensive time frame of it," says Parkview High School Head Football Coach William Hardiman.

At Parkview, the varsity players work out at night when it's cooler.

"You have to be proactive instead of reactive, and that still doesn't prevent everything, but it's a great method to try to capture some things before they get real bad," says Hardiman.

And, since they have an irrigation system with real grass, Parkview practices in the sprinklers.

"It's fun, it's kind of like being at the water park, but at the same time we're still getting those guys cool, we're getting the work in and it's kind of fun for us. It's one of the benefits of us not having turf," says Hardiman.
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