Wauwatosa West football practices despite hot weather
WAUTWATOSA - Football players are used to tough practices. But Tuesday’s weather made the drills especially hard.
Blocking is especially grueling on a searing day like this. But the athletes are used to pushing themselves through challenges.
“Games won't get cancelled in hot weather,” says running back Greg Lewis. “So you have to practice through it to prepare for the games.”
Still, the head coach is taking a lot of precautions. He’s keeping his eye on the players who have medical conditions. The teens are also wearing shorts to keep cool and ditching other parts of the uniform.
For some parts of the practice, the players didn’t have to wear their helmet. It allowed them to breathe a little easier in the heat.
The players take frequent breaks at the water tanker. Greg Lewis says he’s already drank four cups of water. He’s hoping the heat breaks soon.
“Conditioning helps but since we’re not used to it, it is kind of tough getting through it because it came out of nowhere, so it is kind of tough,” says Lewis.
Football practice normally goes two and a half hours. But the head coach will end it earlier if he sees his players are slowing down and it’s no longer safe.