Young football players take the practice field in the heat

LIBERTY TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) - Dozens of 7th and 8th graders at Lakota Plains Junior High School started conditioning on Monday in mid-90s temperatures.

"It's football, they typically don't call practice if it's too hot," said Monica Beighle, parent.

Lakota Plains Junior High School Athletic Director John Nicol says a medical staff monitors the heat everyday and if it's too hot, practice can be called off.

"We get clearance from them whether it's a go or a no go everyday as far as this heat's concerned in July," said Nicol.

Nicol says during conditioning there are several scheduled water breaks and the boys can get water anytime if needed. Many parents say its not the water at practice that keeps the boys safe.

"I realize that hydration starts during the day, not during practice," said Beighle. Anything he takes during practice its not going to change, it should have happened before practice."

The boys are also required to sit in the shade during water breaks. Coaches say they want players to drink about a gallon of water throughout the day before practice so they're hydrated for the two hours of conditioning.