Meridian High football players practicing in the heat

MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Meridian High's football team was practicing in the near triple-digit heat on Tuesday.

We caught up with head coach John Douglass to see what he and the other football coaches are doing to keep the players safe. Coach Douglass says he and his coaches keep a close eye on the players in case they show signs of de-hydration. The coaches also take into account how long practice lasts and how often they take breaks. A trainer is also on standby. Head coach Douglass says the main thing they try to instill in the players, is the importance of staying hydrated.

"We're encouraging them to drink a lot extra of water when they're at home, at school, when they away from here. So they have a little bit of water in their system to give. Because when we go out in this heat, they're going to sweat. So hydration is where it begins,” said John Douglass, Meridian High Head Football Coach.

Coach Douglass also says they would move practice indoors if the heat is too dangerous.