It's here! Fall prep sports practices underway

Hydration an emphasis during warm-weather drills

Steve Thomson and Eric Nelson
August 13, 2018 - 7:46 am
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Most of Minnesota's high schools begin fall sports practices Monday.  

And, as usual, day one is going to be a hot one.  

Coaches have been encouraging their student-athletes to stay hydrated in the days leading up to practice.

John Millea of the Minnesota State High School League told WCCO's Steve Thomson that making practices safe is a top priority.

"Every time I go to a practice in any sport, any time of the year,  it's always encouraging to see the coaches and administrators stressing the importance of hydration," he said.

"Don't just run the kids ragged. This isn't the old Bud Grant days of, you don't give the Vikings any water at practice unless a livestock warning has gone out. It's much different."

There were 18 high school football teams in Minnesota that began practice last week because they have games scheduled for late August.

Millea took the time to watch the Crosby-Ironton Rangers go through drills.

 "I was there at their practice for maybe two hours, and I think they took maybe three or four water breaks," said Millea. "You've got to be smart about that."

Other prep sports starting practice Monday in Minnesota are soccer, cross country, and volleyball.