MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Mid-South is feeling the heat. Sweltering temperatures are back, and they’re impacting outdoor activities like high school football.
According to TSSAA, practices and games are banned if the heat index is above 104 degrees.
Wednesday, the heat index was at 104 degrees.
The East High football team played it safe by pushing back practice to the evening and making sure everyone stays hydrated. Coaches offered plenty of water and breaks.
Players also took advantage of it by crowding around the cooler, sweat dripping all over their faces.
Across town, the scorching temps took a toll on those at the Oakhaven Middle scrimmage. It wasn’t the players though; it was a spectator.
Paramedics said a 10-year-old child in the stands passed out from heat exhaustion and was taken to Le Bonheur.
Those at the game said it is a reminder this weather is dangerous.
“Everybody is dealing with this same heat,” said White Station High football coach Joe Rocconi.
He said he moved practice to the gym on Wednesday to be safe.
“We are inside. I am glad we have air conditioning in the gym. I am glad we could still practice today,” said Rocconi.
It will feel like it’s more than 100 degrees all week, including at the opening games this Friday.
Mid-South coaches said to beware, games could be delayed because of the heat.
They are also asking parents to make sure your child drinks plenty of water before and after school and make sure they get a well-balanced breakfast.