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Published August 28, 2013, 03:46 PM

Coaches rescheduling practice to beat the heat

The scorching heat is not only cutting the Grand Forks Public School days short for the rest of the week, it's affecting the schedule of athletic activities.

By: Cynthia Johnson, WDAZ

The scorching heat is not only cutting the Grand Forks Public School days short for the rest of the week, it's affecting the schedule of athletic activities.

Middle and Elementary school athletics were cancelled Wednesday, and high school practices are delayed to try to escape some of the extreme heat. School officials say coaches and athletes have been cooperative with having practices start before 8 a.m or after 7 p.m. to avoid the extreme heat. Coaches in the Grand forks School District take a class that gives them tips on how to lead effective practices in hot weather. Water breaks are taken every ten minutes.

"If there are any drills that we can do without helmets on we'll let the players take their helmets off, obviously we have water breaks scheduled into our practice but they become more numerous with the heat," said Central coach Bill Lorenz.

School officials say they plan to move up soccer and football games on Saturday to the morning to avoid the heat.

Students were let out of school two hours early Tuesday and Wednesday, and that schedule will continue Thursday and Friday. Meanwhile Fargo schools have decided to cancel the rest of the week.

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