Coaches try to prepare for Mississippi heat in early practice

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, August 2, 2000

With two-a-day practices starting and 90-degree days lingering, two area football coaches have a common enemy – heat.

Adams County Christian School Head Coach Bo Swilley and Trinity Head Coach David King began practice this week with ideas on how to beat the heat.

The schools will begin the day with a morning practice. King’s second practice is at 6 p.m. and Swilley’s afternoon practice begins at 5 p.m.

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Both target times for cooler temperatures before the sun

goes down.

Though the temperature is high, King said he is happy with the temperatures right now.

&uot;The weather is kind of nice right now,&uot; King said.

The weather may have been nice Tuesday, but at least three of King’s players were feeling the effects of the heat.

Helmets hit the ground and hands grabbed knees as players gasped for air.

Swilley said fighting the affects of heat are part of the scheme of fall football.

He called the mode players subvert to during the heat, &uot;survival mode.&uot;

Getting past survival mode is Swilley’s main objective.

&uot;If they are in survival mode they won’t learn,&uot; he said. &uot;They just go from drill to drill.&uot;

To help combat the heat, Swilley came up with a plan which he was passing out to players and coaches Monday.

The plan is called the hot weather hydration schedule. The plan includes:

4Drink one 22-ounce sports drink two hours before workout.

4Drink one 22-ounce sports drink 10 minutes before workout.

4Drink one 8-ounce cup of sports drink or water every 15 minutes during workout.

4Drink one 22-ounce sports drink after workout for every pound lost during workout.

4Drink two 22-ounce sports drinks or four or five large glasses of caffeine free fluids during meals.

4Salt foods and avoid all caffeine drinks during workouts.

King’s plan is based more on how the players are reacting to the heat.

&uot;We take as many water breaks as necessary,&uot; King said. &uot;We take a break at least every 20 minutes and whenever they need it.&uot;

Being careful when the temperature is high is important King said.

&uot;If the kids are hurting we let them sit out,&uot; King said. &uot;We have to be very careful.&uot;