Santa Ana Valley football coach Larry Mohr usually has players take water breaks after completing two or three drills. On Monday, he called an audible.
“After almost every drill, we went to a water break,” the veteran coach said Tuesday morning.
With a heat wave beating down on the Southland, many high school sports teams have made adjustments that will continue Tuesday and perhaps further into the week.
The National Weather Service again issued an excessive heat warning for Orange County on Tuesday, forecasting temperatures ranging 94 to 104, above average for this time of year.
Mohr said Monday’s temperatures were manageable but the Falcons still took other precautions. The football team practiced in shorts, shoulder pads and helmets and started practice later in the afternoon.
“We didn’t run them (for conditioning) either,” said Mohr, whose team plays Beckman at Tustin High on Thursday night.
La Habra and Yorba Linda are combating the heat by holding football practices in the evening on Tuesday.
Servite scheduled a cross country practice for 6 a.m. on Tuesday.
The Santa Ana Unified School District mandates how its schools adjust to the heat.
“We’re watching the heat index,” said Saddleback athletic director Rob Thompson, who receives real-time updates through an app on his smart phone. “It’s the combination of temperature and humidity level. … I already sent out an e-mail this morning with a warning to all fall coaches. … It’s pretty serious.”
Extra water breaks, changes in practice times and even iced towels are some of the way football teams are dealing with the extreme heat.
Canyon High is in Anaheim Hills, one of the warmest areas in the county. The school’s teams cannot practice outdoors when the heat index reaches 104 degrees, according to Orange Unified School District policy.
“We were right at 102 on Monday,” Canyon coach Mike Ogas said.
Canyon usually starts practice at 3:30 p.m., but Ogas moved practices this week…