Heat interferes with school sports practices

August 29, 2018 10:55 AM

TROY - With this heat and humidity, many high schools were forced to cancel practices and games or move them to later in the day.

School administrators and parents say they're taking every precaution possible to make sure their kids stay safe.

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Jessie Ward of Troy says this summer has posed its challenges due to the fact that the Troy public pools aren't open this year.

"I have to improvise, sometimes. I know certain places don't allow you to have hoses and stuff, so you do whatever you got to do. Like I said, swimming holes -- like you see we’re here at Frear Park and this is wonderful," he pointed out.

Ward says he's always prepared with a cooler in his car to make sure he and his grandkids stay hydrated in the heat.

However, Ward isn't the only one concerned about hydration. Jeff Pasinella is the varsity football coach at Lansingburgh High School.

"We normally have four scheduled water breaks of practice. Our water trough is always out. If the kids want water, they can go get it. Plus, we have water bottles on the field at each station and we also have towels soaking in ice water the whole time for practice,” he explained.

Pasinella says practice was moved from the turf to the gym on Tuesday.

"Well we started practice outside [Tuesday] morning. It's always like 10 degrees hotter on the turf. So an hour into it, we had to go into the high school gym," he noted.

Pasinella says the team is making other arrangements to get practices in before their first game this Friday.

"We're going in an hour earlier and then [Wednesday] they say it's going to be hotter than [Tuesday] so [Wednesday] we’ll probably be in the gym for the second half of practice," he predicted.

New York State law says that once the heat index rises to 96 degrees or above, games or practices have to be moved inside, postponed or canceled.

Pasinella and his players are hoping temperatures drop before Friday.

"The first week of camp was pretty hot. Last week, we lucked out, but the heat is coming back this week. So hopefully, by Friday night it breaks," he said.

Football wasn't the only team having to rearrange today. Varsity boys’ and girls’ soccer games were postponed to September 8.

The Lansingburgh athletic director says varsity and JV volleyball was also canceled. They have AC in the gym, but the humidity created a condensation issue and water was dripping onto the gym floor. So that's another aspect sports teams are going to have to contend with over the next few days.

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Emily Burkhard

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