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Soccer coaches make changes in record breaking heat

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CANTON, CT (WFSB) -

The hot weather presented a challenge for after-school activities this week.

To bring some relief, organizers changed how high school soccer was being played on Tuesday night.

“Were doing 20 minutes with varsity, 12 minutes with the junior varsity so they're getting a rest and some water,” said Canton High School Soccer Coach Bill Phelps, who said the temperature of the turf was over 100 degrees on Tuesday.

That meant all four teams were forced to play their scrimmage on the grass field behind Canton High School. During the breaks, the students had mandatory rest and waters.

“It's hot for the guys,” said Bristol Eastern High School Coach Bill Sweet.

Even the referees and coaches made sure they were staying hydrated.

“Our hydration starts in the morning so they've been drinking all day,” Phelps said. “Most of them will probably drink a Gallon of water today during this scrimmage.”

Even after the game ends, their heat regime isn’t over.

“When they go home from practice don’t just go and sleep; eat a good meal, drink a lot,” he said.

The regime appears to be working. The season officially starts on Friday.

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