AUSTIN (KXAN) - Record temperatures and heat advisories haven't stopped high school football players from taking to the field this week as they get set for another season under the lights.
Schools across the state began football practice on Monday, and common theme is bright and early,
Schools like Wimberley, Liberty Hill and Burnet all get started around 7 a.m. and wrap up by mid-morning.
The balance is getting players ready for the season that starts in about three weeks when they will encounter some of the same hot conditions while also staying safe.
"It's definitely been a little cooler in the morning hours, but we give them a little dosage of some warmer temperatures as we work throughout the day, just to let their bodies get acclimated to it," said Burnet head coach Kurt Jones. "But watching out for our kids and making sure they stay hydrated and cool, that's super important to us."
"You don't win state championships in these four or five days of two-a-days, but you can lose one if you have a kid go down and be put in the hospital for three weeks," said Libery Hill head coach Jerry Vance.
Not practicing during the hottest hours of the day helps keep players and coaches from suffering through the extreme heat.
"It leaves our kids fresher for the next day," Vance said, "and I know it does our coaches."
Schools who didn't kick off practice this week will hit the practice field this coming Monday. Most subscribe to the same schedule, get out early, get the work done, and get the players off their feet.
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