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Football practice in excessive heat has parents outraged

Football practice in excessive heat has parents outraged

By Jessica Janner. CREATED Jul 9, 2012

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Monday marked the first day of pre-football season practice at Liberty High School, and the excessive heat warning has some parents upset. 

"I just feel that at 111 degrees, I don't feel that it's even reasonable," said one local mom. She asked her son not to go to practice.

The first day of practice was scheduled months ago. 

Head football coach Richard Muraco, who has 10 years of experience, said if it gets too dangerous, they'll stop practice.

"I don't even know who is going to show up today, so today is a very important day for us as far as from an organizational standpoint," Muraco said. "If it is too hot to practice and I feel like kids can't handle it, then we will adjust our plan and either cut practice short or move inside."

So why can't the team practice outside in the morning and indoors in the hotter afternoons?

"Reasons are related to logistics of getting coaches," Muraco explained. "Kids are in summer school and are taking classes, this just happens to work out to be the best time for us."

However, the local parent Action News spoke to (who wanted to remain anonymous for her son's sake) said any time outdoors on a day as hot as this is dangerous. She works at an emergency room and says she's seen plenty of heat stroke victims this summer.

"I can't believe the school district is even allowing this because it is so dangerous," she said. "We have a severe heat advisory going on, these kids should not be playing."

The Clark County School District says it's up to each coach to determine their practice schedule.

Tips for playing sports outdoors: drink a lot of water, take plenty of breaks, and let your coach know if you're not feeling well.

If you feel it's simply too hot outdoors, stay inside.

Jessica Janner

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