Rising heat prompts coaches to take precautions for little league ballplayers

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OLATHE, Kan. -- Temperatures are soaring as young athletes look to have fun on the field. Making sure they stay safe as the mercury climbs is crucial.

Little league coaches at Two Trails Park in Olathe did just that Tuesday night during games. The Olathe Parks and Rec Royals took on the Bandits in the early evening. However, the opponent both teams battled was mother nature. With the temperatures nearing triples digits, it’s important to take all of the hot weather precautions to keep young athletes safe.

“We bring a cooler with water and ice and a bunch of towels so in between innings the kids can put the towels with ice on their neck,” said Royals coach Jeff Sopha.

He all of the team meetings in the shade, and gave the little guys some breaks when needed.

“We’ll keep the kids on the bench and we kind of rotate them every couple of innings to give them some down time, and then try not to over exert them,” said coach Sopha.

Experts say it’s important for adults to take the lead, because little athletes may not yet realize when they need to rest or hydrate.

“We have lots of water so we’re asking them to sip water rather than guzzle it,” said coach Sopha, who says it’s to help prevent his young players from cramping up, or losing energy.

The bigger goal aside from the final score is to make sure all the players stay healthy enough to play again. Coach Sopha says he also kept the warm ups short between innings.

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