Athletes, Coaches Brace For Incoming Heat Wave

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OWENS CROSS ROADS, Ala. (WHNT) - A potentially historic heat wave is in the cards for this coming weekend, with the dangerously hot weather falling at a time when many young athletes will be competing outside.

The Little League All-Star Tournament that will crown Huntsville's city champion is taking place this weekend in Hampton Cove, and with temperatures expected to hit as high as 105° F every precaution is being taken.

Little League officials say dugouts will be stocked with ice, cooling fans, and plenty of water and Gatorade. Game times have also been scheduled for late afternoon and early evening in hopes of avoiding the worst of the heat. Coaches tell us they're making doubly sure that everyone stays safe.

"We're going to drink a lot of fluids, pay attention to the kids, look for symptoms," said Greg Parker, manager of the U-11 Eastern League All-Star squad that will host the tournament. "The kids know they have to stay hydrated...I know they're going to try to make the kids as comfortable as possible. I think they're talking about putting fans to blow when they come into the dugout, have a little air circulating. I'm sure the parents will keep plenty of fluids, but we'll have some available as well."

A Little League spokesman told WHNT News 19 that they do expect this weekend's games to be played as scheduled, but added that start times could be pushed back if need be. Any decision to do so will be made on a game-by-game basis.