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Vin

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Coaches what are you doing to manage your sessions when its HOT!  We train on turf so it adds 15 degrees to the temp and at times my feet feel as if they are melting.  

Unfortunately here in TX we train in the heat, during prime temperature highs for the day, especially when we try to get ready for qualifiers.   


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For starters, get off that turf field.  While you want training sessions to be challenging, soccer challenges are far more worthwhile than environmental ones.  The added heat will be a distraction for your athletes from the topics at hand, and the physical recovery post session is going to significantly longer and more difficult.
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Oldtimer I agree, the turf is terrible during the hot months however, it can be a blessing during the rainy season.  We're bound to this location for now as we're looking for different fields for the teams to practice on.  

I did find a mister - outdoor spritzer that helps cool everyone off during waters breaks (many water breaks).  


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I take a different approach. If you will be playing on turf in the heat then practice on turf in the heat. Players need to be acclimated to those conditions if they are going to play in them. That being said you need to keep a very close eye on your players both in practice and games in those conditions.
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Our school district has a hot weather policy for practices.  
I don't have it with me, but it's temperature/humidity dependent, and we have to give them water breaks at specified time periods, and we keep water available to grab whenever they feel it necessary.
We also remind them that if they're waiting until the day of practice, or during practice to hydrate, they're too late.  Press the importance to them and their parents of having good hydration habits all week long.


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We also remind them that if they're waiting until the day of practice, or during practice to hydrate, they're too late.  Press the importance to them and their parents of having good hydration habits all week long.



You would be amazed at the amount of snuffs I get from parents when I make the suggestion to hydrate all week.  
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