With hot temperatures gripping the Kansas City area, high school programs in Missouri are adapting practice sessions and even game times because of the heat.
High school football kicks off in stadiums across Missouri Friday night. But some games now have an 8 p.m. start time rather than the normal 7 p.m. due to the heat. This will make the conditions more bearable for players, coaches, staff and fans.
Practices have more water breaks, fewer pads and misting fans helping cool off players. Water stations dot fields.
"We are really taking care of these kids," said Lee's Summit West coach Royce Boehm. His team has a big rival match Friday night with Staley High School. "We are really taking all precautions."
Practices started two weeks ago. Coaches say August is tough, especially as they work to get players back in shape while keeping the players safe in the hot, humid conditions.
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