Coach's Corner: Sam Knopik 7/30
By Sam Knopik
The Coach’s Corner is a place where several area coaches will give their views on the state of coaching at the high school level.
As we are sitting on the eve of the start of fall football camp all coaches and athletic directors are encouraged to review their procedures for extreme heat conditions.
Early August is likely to bring, or this year’s case, stay very hot, dangerously hot. Precautions need to be in place, and followed, in order to keep all the participants safe in these practice conditions.
The Missouri State High School Activities Association provides a framework for schools to follow regarding hot weather practices. MSHSAA feels heat index temperatures between 95 and 105 degrees as conditions requiring alterations to traditional practice or game plans. Suggestions include a possible cancellation of practice, a shorter practice, early or late evening practice, and moving practice to an indoor facility if possible. Heat index temperatures above 105 are considered significantly dangerous and activities outside should not occur.
Other procedures teams have used successfully include:
We have found that taking the time to install and implement a practice plan to keep the players hydrated and their body temperatures cool has increased our productivity in times of extreme heat. I hope your next few weeks of football are productive, fun, and above all safe.
Sam Knopik is the head football coach at Pembroke Hill High School.
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