INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - The high heat led some central Indiana schools to cancel some children's outdoor activities. Other schools moved them later in the evening.
It’s all in a day’s work for athletic directors and coaches. Some had to deal with the heat and stormy weather Tuesday.
At North Central High School in Washington Township, officials made the decision to cancel the JV soccer game, and play the varsity game at 7 PM.
Players got on the field though, a bit later than usual, because of lightning in the area.
“It always comes down to what it’s like at game time. We’ve had major tournaments here we had to cancel [due to the weather]; it just comes down to the safety of the kids,” said Jerry Little, North Central Men's Varsity Soccer Coach.
Little says the varsity practices in the heat, and the players are prepared for it, but they always take precautions.
Athletic directors and trainers across central Indiana took heed of the excessive heat earlier in the day Tuesday, taking to social media to announce cancelations and delays of practices and games.
“We’re always cognizant of the environment, whether it’s cold or hot or lightning, storms, or whatever the case may be,” said Ralph Reiff, St. Vincent Sports Performance Executive Director. “We’re always monitoring the weather. We started early this morning off forecast for weather, consultations with athletic trainers, and then communicated that out in a number of different manners.”
Reiff says heat affects athletes differently: especially in different age groups and skill levels.
Wednesday, it is supposed to be hot again.
Reiff says it’s important for kids to hydrate during the school day, adding it’s not all about water and electrolytes, but also about getting the right nutrition and snacks throughout the day.
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