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Redskins beat the heat during first football practice

POCAHONTAS, AR (KAIT) -

The first day of football practice always falls during the dog days of summer.

The Pocahontas Redskins kicked off their first practice of the season Monday at 8 a.m. and ran drills for about two and a half hours, avoiding the heat of the day.

Head Coach Charles Baty said the field will then be empty for the rest of the day, meaning no two-a-days. 

"You used to have to do it in the past because you had like two weeks to practice then you played your first ball game," Baty said. "You really felt like you had to do two-a-days. Now we started practice and we won't play anybody for a month so it's almost a thing of the past. There's not a whole lot of teams out there that still do it because of that."

Coach Baty said this is actually better for the players. 

"You can really wear them down if you do two-a-days for a solid month with the heat the way it is," he said. "It's kind of scary."

To make sure his players can make it through an intense morning practice outside, Coach Baty requires constant conditioning after school lets out.

"They have a certain number of workouts they have to be here for, they're out in the heat the whole summer," he said. "I think that's the biggest thing. Just being out in it."

Instead of two-a-days, the team will practice every morning then come back to the athletic center for weights and conditioning every Monday and Wednesday at 6 p.m.

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