High school athletic teams adjust practice schedules due to extreme heat
The heat this week is impacting how some high school athletes are preparing to start their season. That includes Newtown, where some teams are delaying practices until later in the evening, while other teams are limiting the amount of time players spend outside.
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The New Canaan Rams varsity football team is set to play against Shelton Friday night. Between plays on the field Tuesday, there were a lot of water breaks for all the athletes.
"We are using about one hour of practice with intermittent water breaks every 15 minutes for about five minutes and for sports like football, less equipment so we takeoff the lowers in the shoulder pads and we go only helmets," said Corey Dybas, athletic director at New Canaan High School.
Football practice started at 4 p.m. Tuesday, but they plan to shift to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday when it will be cooler. They believe the game on Friday night will be late enough in the evening to be safe, but some other sports have changed game times this week.