FORSYTH CO., N.C. -- Student athletes in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School District are using new ways to beat the heat during practice.
One of the most important rules is restricting practice times. The district will not allowed unairconditioned activities between noon and 6 p.m. That's why the Carver Yellow Jackets began their season at 8 a.m. Monday and left the field by 11. They'd be back after 6 p.m. to lift weights.
"That's one of the reasons we practice in the morning during the preseason, so we can avoid the heat and humidity," Head Coach Melvin Palmer said.
Palmer has been conditioning his players all off season to prepare them for the extreme heat of late July and early August.
High school players are now required to weigh in before practice and weigh out after practice to measure fluid loss. More often than not, the players sweat away lots of fluid, which is why trainer Katy Martin has them hydrating all day.
"I preach to them what time they need to be up by. Don't just roll out of bed. Drink a bottle of water even before you get here," Martin said,
All of that conditioning and hydration had the Yellow Jackets flying around when the temperature really wasn't too high. Coach Palmer said that allowed the team to have a successful first practice instead of one marred by out-of-shape or dehydrated players who had trouble staying on the field.
"Everybody seemed excited," Palmer said. "It was just a great first day of camp."