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Rising Temperatures Lead to Changes for Football Practice

HOXIE, AR -- Football teams across Region 8 have been practicing in the extreme heat.  One of the teams hitting the field is the Hoxie Mustangs.

"We try to push it to the afternoon.  About six o'clock it starts cooling down for us," said Hoxie Coach Tom Sears.

This is their Hoxie's eighth day of practice and even though we're dealing with some sweltering temperatures, Sears said they've decided not to change their practice time.

"We know it's hot, but at the same time we know on August 31st it's going to be warm.  At some extent they've got to get out and practice in it," said Sears.

"It's going to be like that during football games.  There's no sense in practicing in the morning when we're going to be playing in the heat anyway," said player Tyler Thompson.

They practice from four until eight through the week.  The coaches make sure to keep a close watch on the players when they're practicing with ten minute breaks every 45 minutes and plenty of water.

"They drive around in the golf cart during practice and make sure they can have as much water as they want at any time," said Sears.

The go through six or seven coolers full of water during each practice.

"People lose nine and ten pounds a day.  We just have to drink a lot of water and get it back into us after practice," said Thompson.

"We weigh them in before practice and we weigh them in after so we can tell them how much they need to drink to get their body weight back up to where it was before practice," said Sears.

Coach Sears said the team is doing really well handling the hot temperatures.

Their first scrimmage game will be in Paragould on August 20th.

Football teams across Region 8 have been practicing in the extreme heat.  One of the teams hitting the field is the Hoxie Mustangs.

"We try to push it to the afternoon.  About six o'clock it starts cooling down for us," said Hoxie Coach Tom Sears.

This is their Hoxie's eighth day of practice and even though we're dealing with some sweltering temperatures, Sears said they've decided not to change their practice time.

"We know it's hot, but at the same time we know on August 31st it's going to be warm.  At some extent they've got to get out and practice in it," said Sears.

"It's going to be like that during football games.  There's no sense in practicing in the morning when we're going to be playing in the heat anyway," said player Tyler Thompson.

They practice from four until eight through the week.  The coaches make sure to keep a close watch on the players when they're practicing with ten minute breaks every 45 minutes and plenty of water.

"They drive around in the golf cart during practice and make sure they can have as much water as they want at any time," said Sears.

The go through six or seven coolers full of water during each practice.

"People lose nine and ten pounds a day.  We just have to drink a lot of water and get it back into us after practice," said Thompson.

"We weigh them in before practice and we weigh them in after so we can tell them how much they need to drink to get their body weight back up to where it was before practice," said Sears.

Coach Sears said the team is doing really well handling the hot temperatures.

Their first scrimmage game will be in Paragould on August 20th.

The Nettleton Raiders are doing two a day practices but have shortened the practices to help deal with the heat.

They have also cut out some of the afternoon practices to help the players.

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