Lately the heat has been rising to temperatures as high as 94 degrees, and some athletes from MC are feeling the effects of this extensive heat wave.
“The practicing isn’t that bad. But matches themselves are miserable when it is really hot,” senior girls’ golf player Jamie Arnold said. “Carrying your golf bag for nine holes when it’s nearing 100 degrees can be tough.”
Momsteam.com, a website that can provide information for parents and athletes to learn about regulations and advice for playing a sport, has a list of heat regulations.
For student athletes, during practice the temperature cannot be over 104 degrees. If it is this temperature, practice needs to stop, as well as stopping indoor activity if there is no air conditioning provided.
There are also mandatory obligations that must be followed in specific heat.
If the temperature is 100 to 104 degrees, the sport must provide ample amounts of water. This means water should always be available and athletes should take in as much water as they desire. There also must be mandatory water breaks and cooling towels, and many other ways to keep athletes cool.
“It is very tough to play matches in this heat,” senior Breanna Cundari said. “Having to walk nine holes in general is difficult, but doing it in 90 plus degrees is terrible. Especially when we run out of water on the course.”
Some people don’t really care about the change in the climate.
“I feel that if it is hot or not, I am going to sweat, so I do not mind that much,” sophomore Isabella Cotten said.
There are some athletes that only care about playing the sport they love.
“Honestly, I don’t care, because as long as I get to play tennis and have fun, it doesn’t really matter,” sophomore Esther Song said.
Even water polo players are feeling the change of the weather.
“Since we practice in the pool, the heat doesn’t really affect me,” sophomore Austin King said. “But since it has been so hot lately, I’ve had to wear a lot more sunscreen. But the water feels great after being in the heat at school all day.”
At the end of the day, most athletes just hope for this tiring heat wave to come to a close.
“This heat does have its effects on athletes, and it would be great if it could get a little cooler,” sophomore and field hockey player Alaina Dannecker said. “But for now I’m just going to try to ignore it.”