Hydration remains top priority for outdoor activities in the summer heat

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- Despite the heat advisory, and temperatures that feel like 100 degrees, sports camps continue to go on. Soccer practice at the Blue Valley Recreation Center ended early on Tuesday due to the heat.

Even though no one wants to cancel the fun of summer recreation leagues, staying cool and safe in this heat is a top priority for everyone.

"After a lot of playing soccer, I feel like I'm just going to pass out because I'm so tired," said 10-year-old Ryan Wilkerson, who plays sports at least four times a week.

"I drink a lot of water every time," Wilkerson said. "I like to stay hydrated. It keeps me going!"

He's participating in soccer camp at the Blue Valley Recreation Complex, but due to the heat Tuesday's practice ended early.

"If the heats too much you've got to be careful," said Shawn Forcellini, a coach and the director of training.

He says practice can last an hour and a half if it's not too hot.

"Sometimes it can be an issue. We like to give the kids lots of breaks," said Forcellini.

"Definitely send lots of water, cold water, water bottles, and I know they're encouraging them to take breaks and get water," said Jeannine, Ryan Wilkerson's mom.

She says he knows when to take a break, and speaks up when he gets too hot.

"If he feels like he needs a drink and the coaches say it’s not a break, I have told him that he can tell the coaches he needs a drink, even if they're not supposed to have a break, and if the coaches have a problem with that they can come talk with me," said Jeannine.

Luckily, that's not the case here.

"I think today we gave them 12 breaks, 12 water breaks, trying to get them out in the shade out here," said Forcellini.

Forcellini says they have squirt guns, two carts that drive around full of water and ice, and they turn the sprinklers on every once in a while. They'll even cancel all together if it gets to be too much.

Wilkerson says the heat won't stop him from playing:

"It's really fun, it's tough, and it's competitive," he said.

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