WISD coaches continue to place safety at the top of their game plans as athletes return to practice facing extreme heat, temps

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Football practice for athletes in grades 9-12 began on Monday.

“All student athletes, trainers, managers, and coaches will have access to water at all times,” WISD Executive Director of Richard Scoggin said. “Also, we have two athletic trainers (not to mention our many student trainers) on hand who are trained to handle these types of conditions.”

Scoggin also said the District subscribes to a weather service called SkyGuard® which provides real-time information for coaches to access. That way, they will know when the extreme heat will be approaching the Weatherford area.

“The first week of two-a-day workouts is really an acclimation period for the student athletes,” Scoggin added. “University Interscholastic League rules require four consecutive days for athletes to go without full pads – this means shirts, shorts, and helmets only.”

Scoggin also said WHS Head Football Coach Weldon Nelms and his coaching staff will continue to be very cautious about the extreme heat.

The Kangaroo varsity football team will travel to Richland on Aug. 30 for its season opener. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Tickets for the 2013 football season are currently on sale in the Weatherford ISD Athletics Office, 912 Charles Street (between District Services and Hall Middle School), Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (also on Fridays beginning next week). Please note that ticket sales for individual varsity games end each Friday at noon during the football season. For more information, please contact Erika Freeberg at 817-598-2867.

2013-14 TICKET PRICES

Student tickets (pre-sale) $4

Adult general admission (pre-sale) $6

Reserve tickets (pre-sale) $7

All general admission (at gate) $7

All reserve tickets (at gate) $8

All JV contests (students) $2

All JV contests (adults) $4

Volleyball

Volleyball practices began for athletes entering grades 9-12 Aug. 5, and Scoggin said even though these practices take place inside a gymnasium, that doesn’t necessarily rule out the possibility of girls overheating.

“We have athletic training staff at each volleyball practice in case of an emergency situation,” Scoggin said.

Weatherford High School’s volleyball teams open their season with a series of out-of-town tournaments. Weatherford’s first regular-season home game was Tuesday against O.D. Wyatt. Results weren’t available at press time.

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