State association urges moves to help beat the heat

By John Wilbert/NEMS Daily Journal

Due to the extreme heat advisories in Mississippi, the Mississippi High School Activities Association has sent out a notice to its member schools recommending that their football teams and other extracuricular activites practice in the early morning or evening for this week.

“Today the temperature is predicted to reach 100 degrees with a 118 degree heat index,” MHSAA Executive Director Dr. Ennis Proctor wrote in an email. “I cannot emphasize enough the importance of everyone’s taking great care when our young people are outside in this extreme heat. Please be sure they are hydrated before they go outside — as well as staying hydrated during the activity.

“We suggest that practices be scheduled in the early morning and late evening to avoid heat illness in this extreme heat.”

Many football teams are expecting to suit up in full pads now because it’s been a week since the start of preseason practice.

Upon receiving notice, Shane Stone said his Potts Camp High team will now be practicing at 6 p.m. instead of in the afternoon as originally scheduled.

Aberdeen High is a team that has been practicing in the early morning since last Monday.